"Paul Ross, ex-Mayor of Walkerton, was born in Halton County, U.C.. in 1828. His father was Alexander Ross, from Perthshire, Scotland, formerly a Sergeant on the British army, who for meritorious wervices received a grant of land from the Government on his settlement in Canada after the Anglo-American war of 1812-15.
His son Paul learned the trade of a blacksmith at Guelph, and first located at Aberfoyle, in Wellington County. Since that time he has followed a variety of occupations and with varying success, but on the whole the results from a business point of view have been eminently satisfactory, and he is now one of the largest property owners in Walkerton. For many years he has made contracting a specialty, and among his operations in that line may be enumerated very large public works contracts, including one on the Welland Canal enlargements, only completed in 1879, which amounted to over $500,000.
Mr. Ross has held many important official and representative positions. He is a magistrate of many years standing, has several years acceptably performed the duties of Mayor of the County Town, Walkerton, and is a Captain of the Militia. Politically, he favors Conservatism and is one of the most influential members of that party in his constituency; while the number of important positions he has held, and the satisfaction his official acts have carried with them, is a sufficient comment upon his ability as an executive officer and his popularity as a private gentleman."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce