Mr. James Paul,
who was Mayor of New Plymouth from the 17th of December,
1884, till the 15th of December, 1886, was born in Scotland, received his education in his native town, and came to New Zealand by the ship “Jura,” in 1862. After a short stay in Dunedin, he removed to New Plymouth, and started his well known and successful brewery in 1864. During the native disturbances, Mr. Paul saw active service in the local forces. He is a prominent settler in the district, and has done much for New Plymouth. Mr. Paul has been connected with the Taranaki Club since its inception, and filled the position of honorary secretary for twenty-seven years. He is a Freemason, and has held office on several occasions. Mr. Paul is married, and has four sons and one daughter.