|Name||Belcher, Alexander Emerson|
|Born||Jan. 30, 1844|
|Deceased||Nov. 26, 1926|
|Spouse||Augusta Lucinda Barnes|
|Relationships||Grandchildren: Eva Ann, George, Digby, Britton|
|Education||Alexander Emerson Belcher obtained a first class certificate for teaching at age 15. At age 20 he passed for a first class certificate at the Military School in Toronto.|
A.E. Belcher was a soldier, businessman, politician and public servant.
He began his military activities early, training with a small company of boys and young soldiers in Southampton. At age 21 he was a Military School cadet for 30 days in La Prarie (below Montreal). He was bugler to General Welsely at Thorold camp and in 1866 headed a company from the Bruce Peninsula against the Fenians at Goderich.
He taught for a short time in Michigan, was grant Trunk Station Master in Rockwood, ON at age 19. He later worked at Empire Newspaper and also engaged in banking and commercial activities. He was a commercial traveler, one of the founders of the Commercial Travellers' Association, and a private banker through Belcher & Co. Bankers in Southampton, Ontario.
He was elected as councilor for the Village of Southampton for two years in 1864. He served as Reeve of Southampton from 1894-1896 and 1898, and as Southampton's first Mayor from 1905-1908. He was also active in Conservative politics in Bruce County. He also wrote poetry and was active in fraternal organizations.
Alexander Emerson was also Orange County Grandmaster of North Bruce; Grand Master of The Royal Black Knights for four years; Organiser and President of the Historical Society of Bruce; Vice President of the Defense League; Honourary President of the Army and Navy veterans and the Bruce Old Boys; vice president of the Peoples Life Insurance Co.; and superintendent of the Home Life.
|Places of residence||Alexander Emerson Belcher was born near Toronto but moved with his parents to Southampton in 1852 at age 8 on the steamer, Silver Bell, up Lake Huron. He taught briefly in Michigan after obtaining his teaching certificate (age 15) but then returned to Southampton. At age 19 he was in Rockwood, Ontario but then returned to Southampton. He spent some of his life in Toronto - first, at the Military School and then later in his life. At his death, his family residence was 25 Albany Ave., Toronto.|
|Titles & Honours||Alexander Emerson Belcher was granted a medal and land for his services during the Fenian Raids (1866). In 1896 Sir Charles Tupper's government made him Lieutenant Colonel, which was confirmed by Sir Fredrick Borden (minister of militia) under Sir Wilfrid Laurier.|
a) The Toronto Star Newspaper of Nov. 27, 1926 (from Robert Digby Belcher fonds)
b) Robert Digby Belcher fonds, BCM&CC A2007.029.