McGill, James


McGill, James
(1744-1813)
   Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Emigrated to Canada. For some years engaged in the western fur trade; and in partnership with his brother, Andrew McGill, acquired a large fortune. Sat in Lower Canada Parliament for several years, and in the Legislative and Executive Councils. An officer of the Montreal militia, and in 1812 brigadier-general. Devoted a large part of his wealth to various institutions in Montreal, and was the founder of the university that bears his name.
   Index: Bk Founder of McGill University, 100.
   Bib.: Morgan, Cel. Can. =See also= McGill University.

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