MATTHEW H. GAULT


From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892

The Gaults came from Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland. His father was Leslie Gault, and his mother Mary Hamilton, Terra House, Donegal.  Matthew was twenty-one when he came to Canada, and settled in Montreal, where he engaged in the Insurance business.  He was for some years connected with the British American Assurance Company, the Royal Insurance Company, and the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. He was interested in many industries, and at one time was President of the Montreal Loan and Mortgage Company, Vice-President of the Sun Insurance Company, and the 
Montreal Mining Company.  He was a Director of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company, the Windsor Hotel Company, and the Hochelega Cotton Company, etc. He was one of the founders of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, and took an active part in the Volunteer movement.  In 1878, he was elected M. P. for Montreal West and continued so to the day of his death, which occurred some years ago.   He married the only daughter of the late George Browne, of Montreal, in 1854.

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