James Young (Canadian politician)

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James Young
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Ontario MPP
In office
1879–1886
Preceded by Hugh Finlayson
Succeeded by William Bruce Wood
Constituency Brant North
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Waterloo South
In office
1867–1878
Preceded by Riding established
Succeeded by Samuel Merner
Personal details
Born (1835-05-24)May 24, 1835
Galt, Upper Canada
Died January 29, 1913(1913-01-29) (aged 77)
Galt, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Margaret McNaught (m. 1858)
Occupation Businessman

James Young (May 24, 1835 – January 29, 1913) was an Ontario businessman, journalist and politician. He represented Waterloo South in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1867 to 1878.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Galt in Upper Canada in 1835, the son of Scottish immigrants. He worked with a local newspaper and then bought several newspapers in the area in 1853 which he continued to publish until around 1863. He also wrote articles for other journals in the province. He became a partner in a wheel factory at Galt and also served on the town council.

Family[edit]

James Young married Margaret McNaught, daughter of John McNaught and his wife (née Kirkpatrick), on February 11, 1858. The couple resided at "Thornhill" in Galt, Ontario.[1]

Politics[edit]

In 1867, he was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament for Waterloo South as a member of the Liberal Party; he was reelected in 1872 and 1874. In 1879, he was elected to represent Brant North in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He was appointed treasurer and commissioner of agriculture in 1883, but resigned these posts later that year due to ill health. He opposed reciprocity in trade with the United States and supported an elected Senate.

Electoral Record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1878: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Samuel Merner 1,468 50.76
Liberal James Young 1,424 49.24
Total valid votes 2,892 100.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Canadian federal election, 1874: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal James Young acclaimed
Total valid votes
Liberal hold Swing
Canadian federal election, 1872: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal James Young acclaimed
Total valid votes
Liberal hold Swing
Canadian federal election, 1867: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal James Young 1,324 58.02
Unknown James Cowan 958 41.98
Total valid votes 2,282 100.0

Later life[edit]

After he retired from politics in 1886, he wrote a number of books dealing with Canadian history and politics, including Public men and public life in Canada, being recollections of parliament and the press, published in 1902. He died in Galt in 1913.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]

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