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MEN OF CANADA.   271

ALEXANDER McMURCHIE,

manufacturer of Fanning

Mills, Clinton, Out., was born August ist, iS3 j, in the township of Vaughan, York County. His father, the late James McMurchie, was one of the first settlers in that township. He received his education at the public schools, but otherwise is a self-taught mall. Until the age of 24 he worked on his father's fariii, and then, in zS59, moved to Clinton and engaged with Alalcolm McTaggart to sell fanning mills for the firm, of «=hich he has iiow become the head. In November, iS62, Mr. McMurchie and Mr. Joseph Chidley

were made partners, and the business carried on under the style of Malcolm JlcTagart & Co. until '_November, 18S2, when the partnership was dissolved and Mr. AlcMurchie became sole proprietor. Shortly after this he took two of the old employees into partnership with hiiii, and this arrangement now continues under the name of A. McMurchie & Co. This is the oldest established manufacturing firm in the town of Clinton, and one of the oldest in the Province of Ontario, having been established first at Beachville and afterwards in Clinton in IS49. The firm has been remarkable successful throughout the many years of its existence, and its operations now extend to every part of Western Ontario. As many as a thou-sand mills have been manufactured in a year, and there is still a good demand for

them. Mr. McMurchie is a member of the Presbyterian Church, a trustee, and has been on the Board of Management for mane years. He is a Reformer in politics, and has been reeve of the town for seven years in succession, being elected most of that time by acclamation. He enjoys the esteem and confidence of the community at large, irrespective of political or religious creed. He was married on the 2 7th February-, iS67, to Miss Agnes Hart, of the township of Fast Zorra, County of Oxford. His career has been marked by a thorough knowledge of his business and a strict integrity in his dealings.

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