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MEN OF' CANADA.   85

W.E.. WELDING,

proprietor of the Brantford Stoneware Works, was born in Caledonia, Livingston county, New York, Sept. 17, 1819. At the age of 18 he embarked on the Erie Canal and " took to the saddle." He made his third trip between Buffalo and Albany as bowsman on his boat, when, from severe illness, he returned home. Recovering health, and having a liberal education, he taught school, near Brock-port five winters, and emigrated to Canada in 1841, locating at Cainsville, three miles from Brantford, where he taught school three years, and organized the first total abstinence society ever organized in any rural district in the county of Brant. At this date he married Miss Mary Jane Hawley, and re-moved to Brantford as travelling salesman for Morton & Co., manufacturers of stoneware. He remained with that firm and their suc-

cessors 15 years, when he and a Mr. Belding entered into partnership. The factory was afterwards burned, when Mr. Welding purchased the old pottery site ; rebuilt in 1873, and has since carried it on alone, until it now stands at the head of the list in this department of industry in the Dominion. Mr. Welding's religious views by early training were of the Methodistic order, with which body he was identified until 1861, when he united with the Congregational Church under the pastorate of Rev. John Wood, and in connection with which, occupied important positions of trust. In 1875 he identified

himself with Emmanuel Congregational Church, and remained a liberal sup-porter until the society disbanded in 1879. Since then he and Mrs. Welding have been members of Zion Presbyterian Church, under the minis-try of Dr. Cochrane. Mr. Welding was a firm supporter of the republican party in the United States in its struggle against slavery, and is equally a pronounced reformer in Canada. Through a long and successful business career he has maintained a character for the highest integrity, and is the friend of every cause that has for its object the good of his fellowmen.

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