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BENSON, James Rea, Canadian capitalist. He has been engaged in commercial pursuits in connection with mills and vessels for many years" is a director of the Imperial bank of Canada, and of the London and Canadian loan agency company, vice-president of the international suspension bridge company, and holds various other offices of trust in the commercial world. In 1867 he was elected to the Canadian parliament by acclamation for the Niagara division, which constituency he represented until the year following, when he was sent to the senate.
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