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James Thompson Garrow


Barrister, etc., Goderich, was born near Niagra Falls, on the 11th March, 1843. He is the eldest son of Edward and Rebecca Garrow, natives of Scotland, which worthy couple are still living upon their farm, adjoining the town of Seaforth. Our subject completed a common school education at the Goderich Grammar School. He was articled as a law student with the present judge of the County Court of the County of Huron, Justice Toms, and he was admitted a solicitor in May, 1868, and called to the bar in November, 1869. On his admission to the roll of solicitors, he entered into partnership with M. C. Cameron, the present M. P. for West Huron, and remained in that firm (Cameron & Garrow) practising at Goderich till July, 1874. He has since continued the practice of his profession there, and has for years enjoyed a large business. He is now senior member of the law firm of Garrow & Proudfoot. In politics Mr. Garrow is a staunch Reformer, and in religion a Presbyterian, being a member of Knox church, under the Rev. Dr. Ure. Our subject was for seven years reeve of the town of Goderich (1874 to 1880 inclusive). For the last year he was warden of the county council of Huron, and he then retired from municipal duties. So far he has not taken an active part in politics, though he is undoubtedly much interested in public questions. He is a member of Maitland Lodge, No. 112, A. F. & A. M. He married on July 17, 1872, Mary, eldest daughter of the late Rev. Charles Fletcher, of Goderich, and by this union has five children, all of whom are living. As a lawyer Mr. Garrow stands very high in his profession, for industry, for ability, and for high personal worth. He is a gentleman of much modesty of character, but diffident though he is in appearing in the public light as a representative man, here it is the duty of the biographer to put him.


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