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RICHEY, Matthew, Canadian clergyman, born in Ramelton, Ireland, 25 May, 1803; died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 24 October, 1883. He was educated in Ireland, and afterward came to Canada, where he was principal of the Methodist academy at Cobourg in 1836-'9. He was subsequently stationed as a minister of the Methodist church at various places. Mr. Richey was superintendent of Methodist missions in Canada and Hudson bay in 1846-'7, president of Canada conference in 1849, and president of the conference of eastern British America in 1856-'60. He was eminent as a pulpit orator, and published "Memoir of Reverend William Black, including an Account of the Rise and Progress of Methodism in Nova Scotia" (Halifax, 1836), and a volume of sermons. The degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Wesleyan university, Connecticut, in 1847.--His son, Matthew Henry, Canadian jurist, born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, 10 June, 1828, was educated at the collegiate school, Windsor, at Upper Canada college, Toronto, and at Queen's university, Kingston. He studied law, was admitted to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1850, became queen's counsel in 1873, and received the honorary degree of D. C. L. from Mount Allison Wesleyan college in 1884. He was a member of the Dominion parliament for Halifax from 1878 until 4 July, 1883, when he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. He was mayor of Halifax in 1864-'7 and 1875-'8, and has been a member of the senate of the university of that city.
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