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ROBERTSON, John Ross, Canadian journalist, born in Toronto, 28 December, 1841. He was educated at Upper Canada college, and founded the "Upper Canada College Times" in 1859, in connection with this institution. About 1860 he issued "Young Canada," a somewhat similar publication, the name of which he afterward changed to the " Young Canada Sporting Life," and still later to "The Sporting Life." At this time he published " Robertson's Railway Guide," the first of the kind that was issued in Canada. In 1862-'4 he published "The Grumbler," a weekly journal of satire which had been issued for some years before by Erastus Wiman. Mr. Robertson was city editor of the Toronto " Globe" from 1864 till 1866, and in May of the latter year, in conjunction with a partner, he issued the "Evening Telegraph," which became the chief paper in the Conservative interest. In 1872 Mr. Robertson became agent of the Globe printing company in London, England, but he afterward returned to Canada and assumed the management of the "Nation" newspaper. In 1876 he founded the Toronto " Daily Telegram," of which he is now (1888) the proprietor and managing editor, as well as publisher. He founded an annual prize in connection with Upper Canada college, and was one of the founders of the Lakeside home for little children in 1883. He has written "History of Craft and Capitular Masonry in Canada" (Toronto. 1888), and "History of Cryptic, Templar, and A. & A. Rite Masonry in Canada" (1888).
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