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Canadian History
Andrew Darling


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.


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