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MACPHERSON, Sir David Lewis, Canadian statesman, born in Inverness, Scotland, 12 September, 1818. He was educated at Inverness royal academy, and when seventeen years of age came to Canada. In 1842 he became a partner in the forwarding firm of Macpherson, Crane and Co., Montreal, in which his elder brother was the chief member" and in 1851, together with Sir Alexander Galt and others, he secured a charter for a railway from Montreal to Kingston, which was the nucleus of the Grand Trunk railway. After the incorporation of the latter company Mr. Macpherson was associated in the construction of various railways, in the Toronto rolling-mills, and the International bridge company. In 1868 he was arbitrator for the province of Ontario, under the British North American act, for the division and adjustment of the debts and credits of Upper and Lower Canada, and in 1872 was president of the Interoceanic railway company. He represented the Saugeen division in the legislative council of Canada from October, 1864, till the union, and was called to the senate in May, 1867. He was appointed speaker of the senate and a member of the cabinet, without a portfolio, 11 February, 1880, and on 17 October, 1883, resigned the speakership and was appointed minister of the interior, he resigned the latter office in August, 1885. He has been a member of the corporation of Hellmuth college, London, Ontario, vice-president of the Montreal board of trade, and president of the St. Andrew's society of Toronto. In July, 1884, the honor of knighthood was conferred upon him. He is the author of a pamphlet on "Banking and Currency" (Toronto, 1869), and also of pamphlets on public expenditure and other questions, that were published between 1877 and 1882.
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