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286   MEN OF' CANADA.

ALLEN CLEGHORN, Brantford, 1_   Ont., was born on the 28th of

December, 1822, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He began his education in the schools of his native land, and coming to Canada when eight years of age, completed his education at the boarding school of the Rev. Dr. Black, Montreal. On leaving school, he entered the wholesale establishment of Messrs. Colin C. Ferrie & Co., Hamilton. Mr. Cleghorn came to Brantford in 1847 and commenced the hardware business—first in retail, and afterwards in both wholesale and retail. He did the leading trade until 1878, when he

sold out and retired. He

has been one of the most

useful public men in the

city, as councillor, chairman

of school boards, and in

many other offices. He has

also been chairman of the

Board of License Commis-

sioners for many years.

He was a director of the

Buffalo, Brantford & Gode-

rich Railway, and assisted

in the organization of the

Buffalo & Lake Huron

Railway, of which he was

four tears director, and for

two years managing direc-

tor. He was also an active

promoter of the Interna-

tional Bridge, between Fort

Erie and Buffalo. Mr.

Cleghorn began the move-

ment for the erection of the

" ' Brant " monument, which

now stands in Victoria Park,

acknowledged to be one of

the finest works of art on

the continent, and with

which his name is associated

for all time to come. As origi-

nator of the Brant monument

be was presented by the Brant Memorial Association with an address and purse. He was also instrumental in the restoration of the old Mohawk Church, for which services, at a meeting of the Indian tribes, he was made a real chief and named " Karawiho " or " Good News." Mr. Cleghorn is a nephew of John Allen, M.D., a liar°rateur of considerable talent, master of Dulwich College, and a prominent contributor to the Edinburgh Rez'icai, whose portrait, by Sir Edwin Landseer, is now in the National Portrait Gallery, South Kensington, Eng. In politics he is a Reformer, and in religion a Presbyterian.

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