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322   MEN OF CANADA.

SIR CORNELIUS HENDERICK SEN KORTRIGHT, K.C.M.G., Barrie, Ont., was born on the 26th of December, 1817, in London, F,iig. He is the son of Lawrence Kortright, late of the Grenadier Guards, and Maria McO_tteeii. He received his education at the English schools, afterwards in France and Germany, and also from private tutors. In IS42 he welit to Australia, and remained in that colony ten years. He then went to Nassau, Bali aniaIsles, wliere lie received the appointment of Special Magistrate and Crown Commissioner of the Isle of Inagua. In IS54

lie was appointed by the   , Home Government President of the Virgin Islands, `Vest Indies. He afterwards received the appointment of Lieutenant-Governor of Grenada,West Indies. After this lie became Lietitenatit-Governor of Tobago. On two different occasions he was ordered to assume the administration of the government of Trinidad in the absence of the Governor, Sir Arthur Gordon. He afterwards was appointed administrator of Gambia on the `Vest Coast of Africa, and after acting in this capacity for two years, lie was promoted as Governor-in-Chief of the African settlements, situated at Sierra Leone. Soon after this he received the appointment of Governor of British Guiana, South America. In iSS>, on account of his health failing him, he was compelled to retire from active service, and received the Order of St. Michael and St. George from

Her Majesty Queen Victoria, in re-cognition of leis long, valuable and faithful service. Sir Cornelius Kortright came to Canada in iSS6 and settled in the town of Barrie, so beautifully situated on Keinpenfeldt Ba3-,-a fitting place in which to retire and enjoy the closing hours of a long and useful life spent for his country in filling the many high offices to which he has been from time to time appointed. He married, in IS5i, Emily, daughter of Major Anderson, and, secondly, Theresa, daughter of Captain Charles Forbes, of the 17th Foot.

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