William Paterson (Canadian politician)

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The Hon.
William Paterson
William Paterson.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brant South
In office
Preceded by Edmund Burke Wood
Succeeded by Robert Henry
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Grey North
In office
Preceded by John Clark
Succeeded by Edward H. Horsey
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wentworth North and Brant
In office
Preceded by James Somerville
Succeeded by The electoral district was abolished in 1903.
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brant
In office
Preceded by The electoral district was created in 1903.
Succeeded by John Fisher
Personal details
Born (1839-09-19)September 19, 1839
Hamilton, Upper Canada
Died March 18, 1914(1914-03-18) (aged 74)
Picton, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Cabinet Controller of Customs (1896-1897)
Minister of Customs (1897-1911)

William Paterson, PC (September 19, 1839 – March 18, 1914) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Hamilton, Upper Canada, the son of James and Martha Paterson, Paterson's parents died from cholera in 1849 and he was adopted by Reverend Dr. Ferrier, a Presbyterian minister. He was educated in Hamilton and Caledonia. He moved to Brantford and became a manufacturer of biscuits and confectionary. He married Lucy Olive Davies in 1863.[1]

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the Brant South riding in the 1872 election. The Liberal politician was re-elected in 1874, 1878, 1882, 1887, and 1891. He was defeated in the 1896 election but was elected in an 1896 by-election in Grey North, when the candidate elected for this riding died before the opening of the 9th Parliament. In 1900, he was elected in the riding of Wentworth North and Brant. He was elected in 1904 and 1908 in the riding of Brant but was defeated in 1911. From 1896 to 1897, he was Controller of Customs and from 1897 to 1911 was Minister of Customs.[2]

Paterson was deputy reeve of Brantford from 1869 to 1871 and mayor from 1872 to 1873.[2]