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ELDER, William, Canadian journalist, born in Malin, County Donegal, Ireland, 22 July 1822; died in St. John, N. B., in 1882. He was educated at Queen's College, Belfast, and at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, studied theology, and was for some time a minister in the Presbyterian Church. He afterward came to New Brunswick, and at once attained prominence as a public writer and speaker. He edited the " Colonial Presbyterian" and the "Morning Journal" at St. John for a term of years, and was chief editor and proprietor of the St. John "Daily Telegraph." He was a member of the grammar school board and of the council of the Dominion board of trade. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Dominion parliament at the general election in 1872, was first returned for the legislature of New Brunswick in 1878, and was reelected in 1882.
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