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DICKINSON, Moss Kent, Canadian capitalist, born in Denmark, Lewis County, New York, 1 June 1822. He is the son of the late Barnabas Dickinson, who removed from the United States to Canada about 1812, and was the founder of Dickinson's Landing on the St. Lawrence, and the first contractor for the conveyance of the mails, then carried on men's backs, from Montreal westward. His son was educated at the schools of Cornwall and Prescott. and at the academies of Lowville and Denmark, N. Y. He began the business of forwarding in 1844 between Montreal and Kingston, and subsequently extended his line to Quebec and Lake Champlain, with branch offices at Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Burlington, and Whitehall. His fleet now consists of sixteen steamers and sixty barges. From 1850 till 1857 he was associated with J. M. Currier in the manufacture of lumber at Ottawa. In 1869 he retired from the forwarding business. In 1864 he was elected mayor of Ottawa, and was reelected by acclamation the two succeeding years. At the general election of 1882 he was elected to the Dominion parliament.
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