- Alexander Peter Cockburn
Alexander Peter Cockburn (
April 7 1837– June 2 1905) was an Ontariobusinessman and political figure. He represented Victoria Northin the 1st Parliament of Ontarioand Muskoka and then Ontario Northin the Canadian House of Commonsas a Liberal member from 1872 to 1887.
He was born in Finch in 1837, the son of Scottish immigrants. He moved to Kirkfield with his family in 1857. He opened a store there in 1863 and became postmaster. He was reeve of Eldon Township from 1864 to 1865. In 1864, he moved to Orillia. After a visit to the Muskoka District in 1865, he moved to Gravenhurst, where he opened a general store, established
stagecoachservice and initiated steamboatservice on Lake Muskoka. In 1867, he helped found the Muskoka Settler's Association and became its first president. While in office, he lobbied for improved rail and water links to the region. Cockburn also published pamphlets describing the natural beauty of the region, aimed at promoting tourism. His steamboat operation expanded to ten ships and a booming resort industry developed in the Muskoka region, that has continued to the present time.
He died in
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=6640 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
* [http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/key/bio.asp?Language=E&query=15851&s=M Federal Political Biography from the Library of Parliament]
* [http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_all_detail.do?locale=en&ID=696 Member's parliamentary history for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario]
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