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MEN OF CANADA.   137

GEORGE MUNNS BARTON,

barrister-at-law and ex-Mayor of Dundas, Hamilton, Ont., was born at Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, Ireland, on the 12t11 July, 1829, and was married at Dundas in 1851 to Elizabeth Alicia, daughter of Major Thomas Atkins, and granddaughter of Major-General Atkins, of H.M.S. India. He was educated privately in Toronto, and entered the law office of Henry Eccles in 1847. His father having died when he was only five years old, and his mother when he was but six-teen, cast him at an early age on his own resources. He availed himself of

the Toronto Mechanics In-

stitute and improvement societies iii his education, having as companions the late Senator John Macdonald and Mr. Gordon Brown. In 1849 he re-moved to Dundas, where, upon the death of Mr. Duffield, the junior partner, he took charge of the law office of \Vnt. Notman, Q.C. In 1852 \Ir. Barton was adntitted as attorney-at-law, and entered into partnership with 1\Ir. Notman, the firm soon acquiring one of the largest practices west of Toronto. In the winter of 1854-55 he was elected a member of the Dundas Town Council and served as mayor in 1855, but refused re-election, as he did also the nomination for coalition candidate in the North Riding of Wentworth. In 1855-57 he was connected with the woollen factory of Dundas in addition to his law practice, an enterprise which was exceedingly successful

and took prizes for their manufactures at all the Provincial Expositions. In 1859 Mr. Barton was called to the Canadian Bar and opened a branch Chancery office itt Toronto, and served for seven years as trustee of the Hamilton Law Association Directorv. An offer made by his political friends of the Judgeship of Wentworth County he declined, as well as other proffered honors. Mr. Barton is a Baldwin Reformer and National Policy elan, an Anglican Low Churchman, and now spends his later years in literary and scientific pursuits in addition to his law practice in Hamilton.

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