I-18009.1 | Julius L. Inches, Montreal, QC, 1865

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Julius L. Inches, Montreal, QC, 1865
William Notman (1826-1891)
1865, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8.5 x 5.6 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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dlsniderPublished by dlsnider on 2012-07-10 22:14:57
Source: Biographical Sketch from the Biographical Review, Province of New
Brunswick; I. Allen Jack Editor, Biographical Review Publishing Company, Boston,

Julius LeGendre Inches, of Fredericton, N.B., ex-Secretary of
Agriculture, is a native of Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland, and was born in 1824.
Records which have unfortunately been lost contained the family genealogy for
two hundred and fifty years, and revealed the fact that the Inches are a branch
of the Robertson family of Scotland. The origin of the family name of Inches is
somewhat in doubt, but it is generally believed by its members that, as their
ancestors lived upon the river Tay and inhabited the intervales or narrow
stretches of alluvial soil along its banks, called in Scotland inches, the name
was derived from that peculiar local idiom. On his mother's side Mr. Inches is a
descendant of the Smalls, who were large land proprietors. He derived his middle
name from A. LeGendre, an officer of Napoleon's army, who, while a prisoner in
Scotland, fell in love with his paternal aunt, and married her.

Inches's father was a business man of Perthshire, who emigrated with his family
in 1834, and settled in St. John. He engaged in commerce, but died soon after
his arrival, a comparatively young man.

Julius LeGendre Inches came to
New Brunswick with his parents at the age of ten years; and, when old enough, he
succeeded to the business established by his elder brother, and conducted it
until the loss of a limb and failing health compelled him to retire. His
business caused him to make several trips to England, and he frequently visited
the United States, where he formed many personal friendships, which he continues
to cherish. After relinquishing commerce he turned his attention to agriculture,
which was always an attractive employment to him. Subsequently, being tendered
the office of Secretary of Agriculture, then newly established, he accepted it
and filled it with ability until October 1, 1890, when he retired. One of Mr.
Inches's brothers was Deputy Surveyor General of New Brunswick, and another is a
physician of high standing in St. John.

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