From "Montreal History and Gazeteer to
the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892
|Was born in Ayr, Scotland, 4th March, 1811. He taught school for some time near Ayr, but in 1826 emigrated to Canada. In 1835, he entered into partnership with David Torrance of Quebec. Removing to Montreal he joined Harrison Stephens in business. No man was more imbued with a love for developing Montreal than John Young. In 1851, he was chosen Commissioner of Public Works, in the Hincks-Morin Cabinet, and retired from ill-health in 1857. In 1872, he was elected for Montreal West, for the House of Commons. In two years he gave up political life and devoted himself to the interests of Montreal. He was President of the Board of Trade, for years one of the Harbour Commissioners, and after doing as much as any man had ever done for developing the growth of his adopted city, he died on the 12th April, 1878, universally mourned by all classes of the community and city which he had so greatly loved and so faithfully served.|
See also "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol. X 1871-1880"
University of Toronto Press 1972
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