Of Toronto, was born in the City of
Montreal, on the 24th of March, 1832, and is of Scotch descent. Mr.
William Darling, the father of the subject of this sketch, accompanied by
his wife, emigrated from Edinburgh to Canada in 1838, and shortly after
his arrival commenced the hardware business, which still continues to
carry on, and is well known in all business circles as a man of high
character and excellent business qualifications. Some years ago he was
appointed by the government as arbitrator and valuator in the Lachine
Canal mater, and has been president of the Board of Trade, and several
other important public bodies. Andrew Darling received part of his
education at the Montreal High School and subsequently spent three years
in Geneva and Paris in various schools. Having completed the literary
portion of his education, he travelled through all the chief countries in
Europe. He likewise visited Egypt, Palestine and Turkey. When in his 23rd
year, possessed of a thorough education and a mind refined by travel, he
returned to Canada and associated himself with his father in the hardware
business. In 1879, he associated with him his brother Thomas, and
commenced business in Toronto, the firm being styled A. & T. J.
darling & Co. This firm deals in hardware. Through the sound business
qualities of its members, it has pushed its way steadily onward, and is
now one of the leading establishments of its kind in the Dominion.
Mr. Darling has not yet held any public office, in the meantime preferring
to devote all his time and thought to business. In religion, is a
Presbyterian; and in politics a Reformer, who has nailed the reform
colours to the mast. Mr. Darling is a keen business man, courteous and
well-liked by all who come in contact with him.