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ADAM, Graeme Mercer, Canadian author, born in Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland, in 1839. He was educated at Portobello and at Edinburgh, and when quite young entered a publishing house in that City, and in 1858 was given charge of one of its departments. A few months later he accepted a proposal by the Blackwoods to take charge of a bookstore in Toronto, Canada. In 1860 he succeeded to this business as a member of the firm of Rollo & Adam, who were the publishers of the first of the more important Canadian periodicals, the "British American Magazine." Mr. Rollo retired in 1866, and it then became the firm of Adam, Stevenson, & county The business not proving successful, in 1876 it was discontinued, and Mr. Adam went to New York, where he helped to found the publishing house that has since been developed into the John W. Lovell Publishing Company. He returned to Toronto in 1878; in 1879 he established the "Canada Educational Monthly," which he edited for five years, and in 1880 assumed the editorship of the "Canada Monthly," which he and Prof. Goldwin Smith were instrumental in founding in 1872. He also published "The Northwest, its History and its Troubles" (1885); "Outline History of Canadian Literature"; and, with Ethelyn Wetherald, "An Algonquin Maiden" (Toronto, 1887).
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