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212   Ill RN OF CANADA

Alex Manning, Manning Arcade,   - Toronto son of the late William Manning, was born in Dublin, Ireland, May iith, i8i9, and educated in that city. He came to Toronto in 1834, the first

   year of its incorporation,   !
where he resided until after the Rebellion of 1837• Business being greatly de-pressed, he went to Ohio in 1838, -\vlhere he commenced business as a contractor, continuing until he returned to Toronto in 1840. Entering into building operations, he erected stores, residences and churches, restored the

   Parliament Buildings in   i
1849, when the Government removed from Montreal to Toronto, and erected the first saw-mill and factory in the city, using the first large circular saw in cutting long timber. He erected the Normal School in 1853

   and the Parliament Library   j
at Ottawa. He built several railways in Canada and the

United States, also constructed several sections of the new Welland Canal, and constructed many other public works. Having faith in the future growth of Toronto as a commercial city, he invested his means in the purchase of real estate and the erection of buildings, becoming a large property owner. Mr. Manning has taken a deep interest in matters pertaining to the city's growth. He was elected alder-man in 1856, serving several years. He was twice elected mayor, and is a director in several companies and corporations. He is president of the Protestant Benevolent Society, National

Club, Trader's Bank and Toronto Home for Incurables, which he inaugurated when mayor in 1873. In religion he is Church of England ; in politics Liberal Conservative, and is a Mason. He was twice married—first to Allss Whittemore in i85o, (sister of the late E. F. Whittemore, merchant, Toronto). Mr. Manning was married again in 1861 to Miss Smith, daughter of the late Hon. Hollis Smith, of Sherbrooke. His long career ill Toronto has been marked by great energy, per-severance and temperate habits. He has declined nomination to parliament to represent the Queen City.


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