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ROSS, John Jones, Canadian senator, born in St. Anne de la Parade, 16 August, 1832. He was educated at Quebec college and became a physician. Dr. Ross represented Champlain in the Canada assembly from 1861 till the union, when he was returned for that constituency to the Dominion parliament and the legislative assembly. In 1867 he resigned his seat in the latter on his appointment to the legislative council of Quebec. He continued to represent Champlain in the Dominion parliament till 1874, when he retired. Dr. Ross was a member of the executive council of Quebec and speaker of the legislative council from 27 February, 1873, till August, 1874. He was reappointed on 27 January, 1876, and held office till March, 1878, when the ministry was dismissed by the lieutenant-governor, He again became a member of the executive council and speaker of the legislative council, 31 October, 1879, and was commissioner of agriculture and public works from July, 1881, till March, 1882, when he retired from the cabinet. After the resignation of the Mousseau ministry he formed an administration on 23 January, 1884, becoming premier and commissioner of agriculture and public works. He and the members of his administration resigned in January, 1887, and in April of the same year he was appointed a member of the Canadian senate. Dr. Ross is vice-president of the Provincial college of physicians and surgeons and a member of the Agricultural council of Quebec, and was elected vice-president of the North Shore railway company in 1875.
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