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MIEN OF' CANADA.   163

HON G. W. ROSS, LL.B., M.P.P., Minister of Education for Ontario, was born near Nairn, in the County of Middlesex, on the 28th of September, 1841. He is of Scotch parentage, a fact that doubtless accounts for his indomitable perseverance in reaching his present responsible position. In boyhood he attended the public schools, and in 1857 obtained a third-class county certificate, on which he taught two years. In 1859 he obtained a second-class, and in 1876 a first-class certificate. Two years later he attended the Normal School, Toronto, and obtained in 1871 a first-class Provincial certificate. He was then appointed Public School Inspector for Lambton, and subsequently also for the towns of Petrolea and Strathroy. While inspector he was the recipient of presentations and addresses for his marked ability. After

this he devoted his attention to the establishment of County Model schools, which have been of such value in late years. For a time Mr. Ross engaged in journalism on the Strathroy Age and Huron Euj5ositor, his intimate knowledge of public questions being of great advantage to him in this profession. He also conducted, along with Mr. McCall, of Strathroy, The Ontario Teacher. In 1879 he turned his attention to law and obtained the degree of LL.B. from Albert University, and more recently has been admitted to the Bar. In Reform politics he has long been a prominent figure. He was first

elected M.P. for West Middlesex in 1872, two years afterwards by acclamation, and again returned in 1878 and 1882, although in the following year he lost his seat for the alleged bribery of agents. In November, 1883, he was appointed Minister of Education and elected by West Middlesex to the Local Legislature. A ready debater, incisive speaker, a wonderful condenser of facts and a progressive administrator. He received the degree of LL.D. from St. Andrew's University, Scotland, in 1887. He was first married to Miss Campbell, of Middlesex, who died in 1872, and again in 1875 to Miss Boston, of Lobo.

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