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YOUNG, John, Canadian member of parliament, born in Ayr, Scotland, 4 March, 1811; died in Montreal, Canada, 12 April, 1878. He emigrated to Canada in 1826, became a clerk in the establishment of John Torrance at Montreal, and in 1835 he entered into partnership with David Torrance at Quebec. During the rebellion of 1837 he served as a captain of volunteers. Mr. Young returned to Montreal in 1840 and joined Harrison Stephens in business. In 1845 he was one of the originators of the project for the construction of the railway to Portland, Maine, and he also advocated the construction of a railway from Montreal to the west and became president of the projected line. About the same time he suggested and ad-rotated the necessity of a bridge across the St. Lawrence at Montreal, and advanced the funds for the survey, the route being adopted for the Victoria bridge. In 1851 Mr. Young was appointed commissioner of public works in the Hincks-Morin cabinet, was elected to represent the city of Montreal, and continued its representative till his health compelled him to retire in 1857. In 1851 he resigned the commissionership of public works in consequence of the determination of the government to charge differential tolls on American vessels passing through Welland canal. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Montreal, west, in 1863, was elected in 1872, and retired in 1874.
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