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GAULT, Matthew Hamilton, Canadian capitalist, born in Strabane, Ireland, in July, 1822; died in Montreal, 1 June, 1887. He was educated at home, and in 1843 went to Canada and engaged in the insurance business. Subsequently he was for several years resident manager of the British American assurance company for the province of Quebec, director of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company, and interested in many other industrial and financial enterprises. He was the founder of the Irish-Protestant benevolent society of Montreal, and took an active interest for many years in the Montreal garrison artillery, from which he retired in 1866, retaining his rank as an officer. He was elected a member of the Dominion parliament, for Montreal west, in 1878, and was re-elected in 1882. He was a Conservative, and favored the protection of native industries.
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