John Dougall (merchant)

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John Dougall
Born 1808
Paisley, Scotland
Died 1886
Montreal
Occupation merchant, editor
Known for Montreal Witness
Relatives James Dougall (brother)

John Dougall (21 September 1810 – 5 April 1888) was a merchant and the founder of the Montreal Witness.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Paisley, Scotland and was raised in the cloth trade there. John emigrated to Canada in 1826 and was followed by his brother.

He and his brother James Dougall began by the selling of dry goods, first in Quebec, and later moving the business to Montreal and York, in the Toronto region. They were later joined by their father in 1828.[1]

In 1845, he founded the Montreal Witness (1845–1938), hostile to Catholics. For example, John Dougall persisted in accusing the mayor of Montreal, Charles Wilson, for the Gavazzi Riots.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Halpenny, Francess G (1982). Dictionary of Canadian Biography; Volume XI, 1881 to 1890. University of Toronto Press, Les Presses de l'université Laval.

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