Alexander Robertson

From: "The Canadian Album - Men of Canada or Success by Example"
Ed. Rev. Wm. Cochrane, Bradley, Garretson & Co., Brantford Ontario, 1894

Alexander Robertson, B.A., J.P., secretary treasurer of the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1851. He is the eldest son of the late Andrew Robertson of Montreal. His mother's name was Agnes Bow. Both of his parents were Scotch, and they came to Canada in 1853, with Alexander and his younger brother [John Bow Robertson] settling at Montreal.  His father was a woolen manufacturer and wholesale drygoods merchant, and occupied many important positions.  He died in Montreal March 29, 1890, in his 63rd year. 

Alexander Robertson received his education at the private and high schools of that city, and at McGill College, graduating B.A. from the latter Institution, in 1870, taking first rank honors in Natural Science, and also winning the Logan gold medal. 

After graduation, he entered the wholesale drygoods warehouse of  Messrs. Robertson, Stephen & Co., and became partner, in 1882, to their successors, Robertsons, Linton & Co.   In 1885, Mr. Robertson retired from business , and spent about one and a half years in travelling around the world, via New Zealand, Australia, India, Egypt, and Palestine.  He was appointed to his present important position in 1887, and received the appointment of J.P., in 1892. 

In religion, Mr. Robertson is a member of the Church of England, and among other important offices held by him in that Church, was that of delegate to the Montreal Diocesan Synod.  He is a member of the Montreal Board of Trade, a life governor of the Montreal General Hospital, and a member of  St. James Club. He served as captain in the first Prince of Wales Rifle Regiment, of the Canadian Active Militia, from 1873 to 1880, retiring with rank. 

In politics, Mr. Robertson is a Liberal-Conservative, but does not take any active part in political matters. He is a man of great integrity, and enjoys the confidence of all who know him.  In 1881, he married Miss Laura Ellen Bond, younger daughter of the Right Rev. William Bennett Bond, L.L.D., Lord Bishop of Montreal.

*Researching Alexander Robertson.......Patty Brown  (first cousin 3 times removed)

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