James Brown (Canadian politician)

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James Brown
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James Brown (October 14, 1828 – April 24, 1897) was an Ontario businessman and politician. He represented Hastings West in the Canadian House of Commons as a Conservative member from 1867 to 1882.[1]

He was born in Scotland in 1828[1] (1826 in some sources). He was an owner of a company which manufactured iron agricultural implements in Belleville and vice-president of the Belleville and North Hastings Railway.[2] Brown was a lieutenant-colonel in the local militia, served as mayor of Belleville in 1862 and 1863 and was also reeve for Hastings for six years.[1] He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the assembly for the Province of Canada in 1861. Brown died in Belleville at the age of 68.[3]


  1. ^ a b c James Brown – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1882, CH Mackintosh
  3. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.