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GRANT, Sir James Alexander, Canadian physician, born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, 8 August, 1829. His father was Dr. James Grant, of Edinburgh, and his paternal grandfather was a writer on archaeological subjects. When Dr. Grant was one year old his parents removed to Canada. He was educated at Queen's College, Kingston, and at McGill, Montreal, where he took his medical degree in 1854. He settled in Ottawa, and has ever since enjoyed a lucrative practice. He has also been physician to all the governors-general of Canada from the time of Lord Monk to the present (1887). In 1872 he was elected president of the Canadian medical association, and shortly afterward of the St. Andrew society of Ottawa, and in 1885 was elected an honorary member of the British medical association. In 1867, as a Conservative, he was elected as the first member from the County of Russell to the Dominion parliament, was re-elected in 1872, but was defeated in 1874. While in parliament, Dr. Grant introduced the original Pacific railway bill, and was the first to advocate the admission of the Northwest territory into the Dominion. He was knighted in 1887. In addition to contributions to medical periodicals, he has published papers on geology.
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