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John Galt

British writer

1779   -   1839

country of citizenship: Kingdom of Great Britain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
occupation: novelist, writer

John Galt (; 2 May 1779 – 11 April 1839) was a Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and political and social commentator. Galt has been called the first political novelist in the English language, due to being the first novelist to deal with issues of the Industrial Revolution. Galt was the first superintendent of the Canada Company (1826-1829). It that had been formed to populate a part of what is now Southern Ontario (then known as Upper Canada) in the first half of the 19th century; later called "the most important single attempt at settlement in Canadian history".In 1829, Galt was recalled to Great Britain for mismanagement of the Canada Company (particularly incompetent bookkeeping), and was later jailed for failing to pay his son's tuition. Galt's Autobiography, published in London in 1833 includes a discussion of his life and work in Upper Canada.He was the father of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt of Montreal, Quebec.
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