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Sir William Peterson
Born May 29, 1856(1856-05-29)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died January 4, 1921 (aged 64)
Hampstead Heath, England

Sir William Peterson, K.C.M.G. (May 29, 1856 – January 4, 1921) was a Scottish academic and the Principal of McGill University from 1895 to 1919.

Born in Edinburgh, the fifth son of John Peterson and Grace Mountford Anderson, Peterson graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1875 and Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1879. In 1882, he became the first Principal of University College, Dundee. From 1895 to 1919, he was the Principal of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In 1915, he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.

In 1919, he returned to England and died at Hampstead Heath in 1921.

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