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Thomas Christie (Canadian politician)

Thomas Christie (March 8, 1834 – August 5, 1902) was a Scottish-born physician, professor and political figure in Quebec. He represented Argenteuil in the House of Commons of Canada from 1875 to 1880 and from 1891 to 1902 as a Liberal member.

Thomas Christie
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Argenteuil
In office
1875–1880
Preceded byLemuel Cushing, Jr.
Succeeded byJohn Abbott
In office
1891–1902
Preceded byJames Crocket Wilson
Succeeded byThomas Christie, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1834-03-08)March 8, 1834
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedAugust 5, 1902(1902-08-05) (aged 68)
Lachute, Quebec, Canada[1]
Political partyLiberal
ChildrenThomas Christie, Jr.

He was born in Glasgow, the son of John Christie and Elizabeth Nichol, and came to Lower Canada with his parents in 1827. Christie was educated at McGill University, receiving an M.D.. In 1849, he married Catherine McMartin. He was chairman of the board of school commissioners. Christie also served as mayor of Jerusalem parish[2] and of Lachute and as warden for Argenteuil County. Christie helped establish the Lachute Academy in 1855[2] and also served as lecturer and secretary for the academy. Christie was first elected to the House of Commons in an 1875 by-election held after the election of Lemuel Cushing was overturned. He was elected again in 1878, but that election was overturned on appeal. He lost two subsequent by-elections to John Abbott and was later reelected in 1891, 1896 and 1900. Christie died in office in 1902 at the age of 75.

His son Thomas succeeded him as representative for Argenteuil in the House of Commons in 1902.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  2. ^ a b History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Que. and Prescott, Ont., from the earliest settlement to the present (1896) Thomas, C pp. 48, 234-5