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HOLTON, Luther Hamilton, Canadian statesman, born in South Leeds, Ont., in October, 1817; died 14 March, 1880. He removed to Montreal in 1826, where he engaged in business, and was for many years a member of the mercantile firm of Hooker and Holton. Before entering politics he was a member of the corporation of Montreal, repeatedly president of the Board of trade, harbor commissioner, director of the City bank, and held other offices. Mr. Holton represented Montreal in the Canadian assembly from 1884 till 1857, when he was defeated. He was a member for Victoria division in the legislative council of Canada from September, 1862, till May, 1863, when he resigned on being appointed minister of finance, and was elected for Chateaugay, which he represented continuously until his death. He was a member of the executive council of Canada from 2 to 6 August, 1858, in the Brown-Dorion or "short administration," and from May, 1863, till March, 1864, in the Sandfield Macdonald Dorion administration, holding the portfolio of commissioner of public works in the first and minister of finance in the latter ministry. He represented Montreal Centre in the parliament of Quebec (in which he led the English opposition) from the general election of 1871 till 16 January, 1864, when he retired. He was honorary president of the Reform association of the "Parti National" of Montreal, a governor of McGill university, and a member of the Royal institution for the advancement of learning, and was a govern-meat director of the Grand Trunk railway from November, 1852, till July, 1857.
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