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