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KEITH, Alexander, Canadian statesman, born in Falkirk, Caithness-shire, Scotland, 5 October, 1795; died in Halifax 14 December, 1873. He was educated in Scotland, and in 1817 came with his father's family to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he engaged in the brewing and malting business. He became commissioner of the court of common pleas, served as mayor of Halifax in 1843, 1853, and 1854, and was also for a long period a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia. He became a member of the legislative council in 1843, sat in that body for thirty years, and when the Nova Scotian legislature was constituted in 1867 became president of the upper house. In the same year he was appointed to the Dominion senate, but declined the office.
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