Portrait of Marcus Child, 1859

Businessman and politician Marcus Child (1792-1859) was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts in 1792. He settled in Stanstead County in 1812, where he worked as a pharmacist, and later as postmaster and magistrate. He then moved to Coaticook where he worked as a merchant and manufacturer. Marcus Child was elected to the Lower Canada Legislative Assembly for Stanstead in 1829, serving from 1829 to 1830, and again from 1834 to 1837. In the 1830s, Marcus Child sided with Louis-Joseph Papineau’s Patriote Party, and during the Lower Canada Rebellions, he was obliged to flee to Vermont. He was re-elected to the Assembly against Moses French Colby in 1841, and served until 1844. He is known as one of the founders of the Stanstead Seminary, which would later become Stanstead College. Donated by Jean G. Castles, 1980.

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