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McMASTER, William, Canadian merchant, born in Tyrone, Ireland, 24 December, 1811 ; died in Toronto, 22 September, 1887. He came to Canada, in 1833, entered the wholesale mercantile establishment of Robert Cathcart, in Toronto, and afterward engaged in business on his own account. Mr. McMaster was a member of the legislative council of Canada, for the Midland division, from 1862 till 1867, when he was called to the senate by royal proclamation. He was noted for his liberality in behalf of the educational and religious institutions of the Baptist denomination, to which he belonged. He was a liberal supporter of the Canadian literary institute at Woodstook, to whose building fund alone he contributed $12,000, erected and furnished, at an expense of over $100,000, McMaster Hall, the new Baptist college in Toronto; and, with his wife, gave over $60,000 toward the building of the Jarvis street Baptist church. Toronto. He was instrumental in establishing the Superannuated ministers' society of the Baptist church, was for many years treasurer of the Upper Canada Bible society and among its most generous subscribers, and was chairman of the board of trustees of the Baptist college. He was also a member of the senate of the University of Toronto, chairman of the Canada board of the Great Western railway, president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, and was connected with other institutions. While speaking in McMaster Hall, he fainted, and remained unconscious till his death on the following morning.
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