The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Beck, Adam

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BECK, Sir Adam, Canadian statesman: b. (of German extraction), Baden, Ontario, 20 June 1857. He was educated at Galt Grammar School; was mayor of London, Ontario, 1902-04; and has been a member of the Provincial Parliament since 1902, occupying a place in the Whitney cabinet of 1905. He introduced into the legislature the measure for the establishment of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario, of which he has been chairman since its inception. He is a noted breeder of horses. He was knighted in 1914.