Hon. Luther Holton

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

Hon. L. Holton was born at South Leeds, Ontario, January, 1817, and removed to Montreal in 1826. Whilst a young man Mr. Holton engaged in commercial pursuits, and for years was a member of the firm of Hooker & Holton, forwarders.  He was also engaged in railways, and was connected with the firm of Gzowski & Co., who built a considerable part of the Grand Trunk west of Toronto. He was for some time a member of the Montreal Corporation, was repeatedly President of the Board of Trade and Montreal Savings Bank, was Harbour Commissioner and a Director of the late City Bank. He sat for Montreal in the Canadian Assembly from 1854 to 1857.  From 1852 to 1857 he was Governor and Director of the Grand Trunk Railway. He was a member of the Executive Council of Canada for the Brown-Dorion Administration, holding offices on these two occasions of Commissioner of Public Works, and in the Short Administration that of Minister of Finance. He was a member for the Victoria Division of the Legislative Council of Canada from 1862 to 1863. Being appointed Minister of Finance, he resigned and was returned for Chateauguay, which he represented till 1867, and after Confederation to his death in 1880.  after having faithfully served his Queen and country for the long space of upwards of twenty-six years, he died suddenly at Ottawa in the midst of his parliamentary duties on the 4th March, 1880.  He married Eliza Forbes, who died a few weeks ago; and of all his children only two survive - his son, Mr. Edward Holton, having been the elected candidate to represent the county a month after his father's death.  At the last General Election he retired, but it is to be hoped that he will again be induced to enter Parliament, as he was one of the few who thoroughly knew (like his father) Parliamentary usages, and the peculiar routine of a member of the House of Commons, Ottawa.

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