Hutchison, Richard

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Richard Hutchison (January 20, 1812; September 27, 1891) was a New Brunswick businessman and political figure. He represented Northumberland in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1868 to 1872.

He was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1812, the son of David Hutchison. He was educated there and came to New Brunswick in 1826. In 1840, Hutchison married Elizabeth Mackie. Hutchison represented Northumberland County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1864 to 1866. He was elected to the House of Commons in an 1868 by-election held after the death of John Mercer Johnson.

The Scottish firm of Polluck, Gilmour & Co. of Glasgow Scotland had establishments at Saint John, Quebec and Montreal in the early 19th century. Alexander Rankin developed its principal mill at Miramichi in 1812 under the name Gilmour, Rankin and Co. When James Gilmour retired from the firm in 1840, he was succeeded by Richard Hutchison while Rankin continued on as manager. Alexander Rankin was elected to the New Brunswick House of Assembly in 1827 and remained a Member until his death in 1852.

After the death of Alexander Rankin, Richard Hutchison became Manager and later around 1870, he assumed all liabilities for the firm. He continued the lumber and mill business at Douglastown until his death in 1901.

The Hutchison Mill operated until 1907 when Richard Hutchison's son, Ernest, sold it to the International Paper Co. of Bangor Maine. Ernest Hutchison was also a Member of the New Brunswick House of Assembly. He built and equipped the Miramichi Hospital in Newcastle for the people of Northumberland County. The original Douglastown home of Alexander Rankin had escaped the Miramichi Fire in 1825 but was later destroyed by fire in 1837. The present building was rebuilt on the same site and perhaps on the same foundation as the original. After the death of Rankin in 1852, it became the home of Richard Hutchison.

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