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Date Published:
March 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Nathaniel Clarke Wallace


Wallace, Nathaniel Clarke (18441901), controller of customs for Canada (1892-5), was born at Woodbridge, Upper Canada, on May 21, 1844, the third son of Capt. Nathaniel Wallace, of Sligo, Ireland. He was educated at the Weston grammar school, and for some years was a school-teacher. In 1867 he established a milling business at Woodbridge ; and in 1874 he was elected a member of the county council of York . In 1878 he became warden of York county, and was elected to represent West York in the Canadian House of Commons - a constituency he continued to represent until his death. From 1887 to his death he was grand master of the Orange Association of British North America; and in 1888 he was one of the "Noble 13" who voted for the disallowance of the Jesuits' Estates Act. In 1892 he was appointed controller of customs in the Thompson government; but he retired from the government in 1895 because of his opposition to its policy in regard to the Manitoba separate school question. He died at Woodbridge, Ontario, on October 18, 1901 . In 1877 he warned Belinda, daughter of James Gilmour, of Ottawa. See Rev. C. E. Perry, Hon. N. Clarke Wallace (Mimico, Ontario, 1897).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. VI, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 398p., p. 254.

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