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140   MEN OF' CANADA.

ALFRED JOHN WILKES, O.C.,
LL.B., of the firm of Hardy,
Wilkes & Hardy, Brantford,
was born iii that city, December 15th,
1847, his father being Mr. Jas. Wilkes,
who is still the highly respected trea-
surer of that city. He was educated
at the Brantford public schools and at
the University of Toronto where he
took the degree of LL.B. He com-
menced the study of law in Brantford
and completed it under Hon. S. H.
Blake, O.C., Toronto. He began his
professional studies at sixteen, and
passed first as barrister at the age of
twenty-one, the first term at which an

examination was held after his arriving at that age. He is City Solicitor, and, in addition to a large practice in the city and neighborhood, has acted as Deputy Judge for the County of Brant at different periods, and was created O.C. in January, 189o. Mr. Wilkes was trustee of the Public School Board for ten years, and chairman for three years in succession. He was captain in the " Dufferin Rifles " for seven years, and holds a first-class certificate in the volunteer corps. He was married June 21st, 1887, to Esther F. Haycock. In politics he is a Reformer, and in religion an Episcopalian.

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