William Paterson (Canadian politician)

William Paterson (Canadian politician)

William Paterson, PC (September 19 1839 – March 18 1914) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Hamilton, Upper Canada, Patterson was a confectioner prior to his election to the Canadian House of Commons in the Brant South riding in the 1872 election. The Liberal politician was re-elected in 1874, 1878, 1882, 1887, and 1891. He was defeated in the 1896 election but was elected in a 1896 by-election in Grey North, when the candidate elected for this riding died before the opening of the 9th Parliament. In 1900, he was elected in the riding of Wentworth North and Brant. He was elected in 1904 and 1908 in the riding of Brant but was defeated in 1911. From 1896 to 1897, he was Controller of Customs and from 1897 to 1911 was Minister of Customs.

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