Cameron, Malcolm, 1808-1876

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Cameron, Malcolm, 1808-1876

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        Malcolm Cameron (1808-1876) was a politician in Upper Canada and Canada West from 1837 to 1867, and federally after Confederation.

        Malcolm Cameron was born in Trois Rivieres, Lower Canada, on April 25, 1808 to Angus Cameron and Euphemia McGregor. When he was young he moved to Upper Canada, settling in the Perth area and opening a general store in 1828. He also undertook a newspaper, the Bathurst Courier, in 1834. In 1835 he began to move his interests to the Sarnia area, but was elected as a moderate reformer to the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada for Lanark in 1836. His volatile political career spanned four decades, and he was noted for his tendency to rapidly switch allegiances and for his explosive temper. He was also a sworn enemy of George Brown. In 1837 he sided with the reformers led by Robert Baldwin, but by 1841 was opposed to them. He was re- elected many times, in 1844 and 1847 for Lanark, and in 1851 the took the riding of Huron. In 1854 he ran in both S. Lanark and Lambton but lost in both. In 1857 he won in Lambton. Following Confederation, he entered federal politics, although he lost a by-election in 1869 in Renfrew. In 1874 he was elected as a Liberal in S. Ontario. He died on June 1, 1876 in Ottawa.

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