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HENRY WADE, retired mer-
chant, Brantford, Out., was
born on the 19th December,
181o, at Moneymore, County Derry,
Ireland. He was educated in the public
and National schools of Stewartstown,
to which his parents had removed in
1813. He studied for a time with a
view to the medical profession. This,
however, he abandoned because of the
prejudice existing against a profession
which was at that time associated with
the names of Burke and Hare, the
notorious murderers. He then learned
the carpenter trade and came to Canada
in 1833. After living at Brockville,

Prescott and Hamilton, he came to Brantford in 1835, and has remained there ever since, except three years spent at Niagara. On coining to Brantford he worked at his trade, but shortly afterwards entered on mercantile business, in which he was successful, and retired in 186o. Mr. Wade is one of the very few remaining land-marks of Brantford city, having lived there continuously for half a century, and did much to add to her prosperity during her pioneer days. He has crossed the Atlantic several times to visit his native land. He is a prominent member of the Wellington Street

Methodist Church, and has for nearly forty years continuously occupied all the important positions in the gift of the church. He is a strong Prohibitionist, was the first worthy patriarch of the Sons of Temperance in Brantford, and has held other important positions in temperance organizations. In the clays when he first led the temperance movement, the drinking of alcoholic liquor as a beverage, and the selling of it, was considered respectable, and to seek to curtail the traffic needed no small amount of moral courage. He has out-lived those dark days, and has now the consciousness of having done much to elevate the moral sentiment of his beloved city. He was married in Toronto April 28, 1842, to Miss J. M. Cudmore, of Thornhill, Out. He has had eleven children, of whom but three sons and one daughter are now living (1891).


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