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1871-1872 - Daniel Black Chisolm

Daniel Black Chisolm
Daniel Black Chisolm

Chisholm attended Victoria College in Cobourg from 1857 to 1859 and then began to study law with Miles O'Reilly in Hamilton. He was called to the bar in 1864 and by 1870 had formed a partnership with Stephen Franklin Lazier. He later was senior partner in the firm Chisholm & Hazlett. He helped found the Bank of Hamilton in 1872, was chairman of the board of directors of the Hamilton and North Western Railway and was President of Standard Fire Insurance, Allied Insurance Co. and the Navy Island Fruit Growing Association. He served as alderman in 1869 and 1870 and as mayor in 1871 and 1872. He was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Hamilton from 1872 to 1874 and an independent M.P. for Halton from 1874 to 1875. In 1883 Chisholm left town suddenly. Rumours flew and were rapidly proven correct. He had fled town when his losses in business were in the neighbourhood of $100,000. The papers reported that a lot of poor people suffered the loss of all their savings. It was guessed that he lost the money speculating in grain in Chicago. He took his 15 year old son and fled to Evanton, Illinois, just outside Chicago. When the Hamilton newspaper found him they reported "He smiles as gracefully as ever, and keeps up the customary inquiring, wicked look out of the corner of his eyes."His wife was still in Hamilton, dangerously ill with brain fever. She later came to Chicago and petitioned for a divorce. Eventually she secured a decree of absolute divorce. Although the legality of this divorce under Canadian law was questioned Adeline Davis Chisholm remarried, in July of 1889, to the Hon. George Eulas Foster, Minister of Finance for Canada. The papers reported that Daniel Chisholm planned to go on to Australia via San Francisco where he had a brother living. His death was reported in 1899.


Born: November 2, 1832, East Flamborough

Married: Adeline Davis, 1864; Divorced

Died: 1899



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