Biographical Sketch of Finlay McCallum
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Finlay McCallum, County Treasurer, is a son of Finlay and Christian (Campbell) McCallum, and was born in Breadalbane, Perthshire, Scotland, January 12, 1813, and received his education in the parish schools of that county, including the classics. He is good in mathematics. He became a school teacher at fifteen years of age; came to Canada in 1833, and continued teaching until 1853, the first two years in Toronto, and after that mainly in the County of Halton. From 1853 to 1855 Mr. McCallum farmed in the Township of Nassagaweya; then became Deputy Registrar of the County, and occupied that position until appointed Treasurer in June, 1860, which latter office he has held for twenty years. He is a good sample of the “honest Scotchman;” and the people of the county have the greatest confidence in his integrity. He is a very faithful county official, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. McCallum has a farm in the Township of Esquesing, three miles from Milton, and there makes his home. He is often called upon to act as Auditor for the County Agricultural Society. In politics he is a Conservative, rather mild of late years, owing, probably, to his official position in the county.
He has been married since November 1, 1850, his wife, before her marriage, was Jane Laidlaw, a native of Halton County. Her parents were from Scotland. Mrs. McCallum is the mother of eleven children, nine of them, six daughters and three sons are yet living. Agnes, the eldest daughter, is the wife of John Creighton, farmer, in Culross, County of Bruce; the others are unmarried.