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Alexander Bartlet


Bartlet, AJexander, Police Magistrate, Windsor, Ontario, was born on the 31st December, 1822, in the parish of Forgue, County of Aberdeen, Scotland, and is the youngest member of a family of four children, all of whom are still alive. He is a son of Alexander and Mary (Redford) Bartlet. His education was obtained at the pariah school, where he was thoroughly grounded in the English branches as well as in the rudiments of classics and the higher mathematics. Mr. Bartlet left his native land in 1841, and came to Canada, and settled at Amherstburg, then one of the largest towns of Western Canada. He remained in Amherstburg until 1853 (with the exception of a short time spent in London, Ontario), when he moved to Windsor, and here he has permanently resided ever since. In the year 1858 he was appointed to the position of town clerk of Windsor, and held that office until November, 1878, when he received at the hands of Mt Mowat’s government the appointment as police magistrate of the same town. In 1873 he was prominently connected with the organization and completion of the present system of water works in Windsor, one of the best systems in the province, and has indeed been connected with all important municipal enterprises of Windsor since the incorporation of the town. During the.period of his incurnbency of the town clerk-ship, he prepared with one or two exceptions every by-law that was passed by the council. Besides the offices above mentioned, he has held that of secretary to the High arid Public School boards since 1858 to the present time. During his whole life Mr. Bartlet has been a staunch Liberal, and a strong supporter of the Reform party. In religion he is, and always has been, a Presbyterian, and is at present ruling elder in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church session. He married at Amherstburg in 1851, Helen McDonald, daughter of the Late James Noble of that town, and has three daughters and two sons living. He is a man whose industry, public spirit and high and honourable aims have left a permanent impression upon the material and moral life of the community.


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