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WALKER, John, Canadian manufacturer, born in Inverary, Argyllshire, Scotland, 24 January, 1832. He was educated at his native place and at Stirling academy, and came to Canada in 1864. He served in the Port Erie Fenian affair of 1866, and afterward was attached to the militia, from which he retired in 1884 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Mr. Walker was vice-president of the first Canada Pacific railway company, and president of the School of art and design, is active in various financial and industrial societies, and was one of the founders of the London, Ont., Protestant orphans' home. In 1865 he purchased for Scotch capitalists the large tract of oil-producing land that belonged to George Brown, and afterward he erected chemical works and an oil-refinery at London, Ont. In 1874 he was chosen to the Canadian parliament; but his election was contested in the courts, he was unseated, and in the second appeal to the constituency failed of election. He was afterward registrar of deeds for Middlesex county, Ontario.
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