Jacob Thomas Schell
|Jacob Thomas Schell|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Roderick R. McLennan|
|Succeeded by||John Angus McMillan|
December 27, 1850|
East Oxford Township, Canada West
|Died||July 29, 1916(aged 65)|
He was born in East Oxford Township, Canada West in 1850, the son of Jacob Schell, and educated in Woodstock. He is Great Grandson of Johann Christian Schell, a Palatine German from German Flatts, New York who died fighting for the Americans in 1782 on his farm. The family moved to Canada after the American Revolution to take advantage of the land available in Ontario. In 1882, he moved to Alexandria and became a partner with David Murdoch McPherson in a cheese box factory there. The company also manufactured other wooden items. Schell was also involved in railway construction. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in the House of Commons in 1891. Schell served on the town council of Alexandria. After his death in 1916, he was buried in Woodstock.
His brother Malcolm Smith also served in the House of Commons.