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Philip Van Koughnet

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VAN KOUGHNET, Philip (van-ko'-net), Canadian statesman, born in Cornwall, Upper Canada, in 1789; died there, 17 May, 1873. His father, Michael, a United empire loyalist, removed to Canada at the time of the American Revolution.

 

The son was present at the battle of Chrysler's Farm, 11 November, 1813, as a subaltern officer, and at the battle of the Windmill, at Prescott, 13 November, 1837, as lieutenant-colonel of the 5th battalion of incorporated militia, and remained in command till the regiment was disbanded.

 

He was a member of one or the other branch of the legislature of Upper Canada for more than thirty years, being in the legislative council in 1840, when the union of Upper and Lower Canada took place. At the time of his death lie was chairman of the board of government arbitrators for the Dominion.

 

--His son, Philip Michael Scott VAN  KOUGHNET, Canadian statesman, born in Cornwall, Ont., 26 January, 1823; died in Toronto in the autumn of 1869, was admitted to the bar in 1844, began practice in Toronto, and in 1850 was appointed queen's counsel.

In 1856 he became president of the executive council and minister of agriculture in the Tache-Macdonald government in the place of Sir Allan N. MacNab, who had resigned.

 

When the Cartier-Macdonald ministry was formed he vacated the office of minister of agriculture for that of commissioner of crown lands. He resigned his portfolio in 1862, and was appointed chancellor of Canada, in which post he continued till his death. He represented Rideau division in the legislative council of Canada, and became and continued during his political career leader of the government in that body. He was at one time a delegate to England to confer with the imperial government regarding the international railway.

 

--Another son, LAURENCE VAN KOUGHNET, born in Cornwall. Ont., 7 October, 1836, was educated at Trinity college, Toronto, and in May, 1880, became deputy superintendent-general of Indian affairs in the Dominion.

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VAN KOUGHNET, Philip (van-ko'-net), Canadian statesman, born in Cornwall, Upper Canada, in 1789; died there, 17 May, 1873. His father, Michael, a United empire loyalist, removed to Canada at the time of the American Revolution. The son was present at the battle of Chrysler's Farm, 11 November, 1813, as a subaltern officer, and at the battle of the Windmill, at Prescott, 13 November, 1837, as lieutenant-colonel of the 5th battalion of incorporated militia, and remained in command till the regiment was disbanded, lie was n member of one or the other branch of the legislature of Upper Canada for more than thirty years, being in the legislative council in 1840, when the union of Upper and Lower Canada took place. At the time of his death lie was chairman of the board of government arbitrators for the Dominion.--His son, Philip Michael Scott, Canadian statesman, born in Cornwall, Ont., 26 January, 1823; died in Toronto in the autumn of 1869, was admitted to the bar in 1844, began practice in Toronto, and in 1850 was appointed queen's counsel. In 1856 he became president of the executive council and minister of agriculture in the Tache-Macdonald government in the place of Sir Allan N. MacNab, who had resigned. When the Cartier-Macdonald ministry was formed he vacated the office of minister of agriculture for that of commissioner of crown lands. He resigned his portfolio in 1862, and was appointed chancellor of Canada, in which post he continued till his death. He represented Rideau division in the legislative council of Canada, and became and continued during his political career leader of the government in that body. He was at one time a delegate to England to confer with the imperial government regarding the international railway.--Another son, LAURENCE, born in Cornwall. Ont., 7 October, 1836, was educated at Trinity college, Toronto, and in May, 1880, became deputy superintendent-general of Indian affairs in the Dominion.

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