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HON. OLIVER MOWAT, O.C.,

M.P.P., LL.D., Premier of

Ontario, was born at King

ston, Out., July 22nd, 1820. His father came from Caitheneshire, Scot-land, to Canada in 1816. Mr. Mowat received his education in Kingston, having among his fellow pupils Sir John A. Macdonald and the late Hon. John Hillyard Cameron. He began law with Mr. John A. Macdonald, then practicing in Kingston. In the Rebel-lion of 1837 young Mowat joined the Royalists. After four years he re-moved to Toronto, and completed his studies under Robert E. Burns. In

1841 he was called to the

Bar, and entered into partnership with Mr. Burns, and subsequently with Mr. Vaukonghuet. He soon acquired a large practice. On the dissolution of the firm of Mowat & Vaukonghuet, he was associated with the firms of Mowat, Ewa-1-.1

Helliwell, and Mowat, Roaf & Davis. About this time Mr. Mowat began to take a lively interest in politics, and entered the Liberal ranks as a pronounced, though constitu• tional, Reformer. In 1856 he was created O.C., and appointed to consolidate the General Statutes of Canada. He resigned chiP,position in 1857, and was elected to the House of Assembly for South Ontario. In the brief administration of 1858 he was Provincial Secretary. In 1861 he was re-elected for South Ontario. He held the position of Postniaster-General under the Sand-field Macdonald-Dorion and

Tache-Macdonald administrations. In 1864 he was appointed to the Bench, and for eight years adorned the position. In 1872 he re-entered public life, and became Premier of Ontario, and has been representative of North Oxford from that date to the present. He en-joys the confidence of Ontario as an able, patriotic statesman, and despite of the local Opposition and Dominion Government, maintains his large majority. The many measures of legislation he has carried and his victories before the Privy Council of England are known to all. In religion he is a Presbyterian.

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