Shortt, Adam, 1859-1931

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Adam Shortt (1859-1931), historian, public servant, and economist, was born in Kilworth, Canada West. He was educated at Queen's University and the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University from 1885 to 1892. In 1892, he became Professor of Political Science and held this post until 1908. Shortt then assumed a position as one of the civil service commissioners, remaining in office until 1918 when he became Chairman of the Board of Publications at the Public Archives of Canada. During his career, Adam Shortt researched and wrote a number of pioneer works in economic history as well as co-editing the monumental series, Canada and its Provinces with Arthur Doughty.

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