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Sir John Sparrow David Thompson.

Quick Facts

1845 - 1894

Term(s) of Office:
December 5, 1892  -  December 12, 1894


  • November 10, 1845, Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • Free Church Academy, Halifax

Personal Life

  • Married 1870, Annie Affleck (1845 - 1913)
  • Two sons, three daughters (four other children died in infancy)

Professional Life

  • Lawyer (called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1865)
  • 1871 - 1877 Alderman, Halifax
  • 1882 - 1885 Justice, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

Political Party

  • Liberal-Conservative
  • 1892 - 1894 Party Leader


  • 1885 - 1894 Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Other Ministries

  • 1878 - 1882, Attorney General (Province of Nova Scotia)
  • 1885 - 1892 Justice

Political Record

  • Premier of Nova Scotia 1882
  • Fisheries treaty 1888
  • Creation of Canadian Criminal Code 1892
  • Bering Sea Tribunal 1893


  • December 12, 1894, Windsor Castle, England, while still in office
  • Grave site: Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Source: Canada's Prime Ministers, 1867 - 1994. [Ottawa]: National Archives of Canada, c1994. 20 p.

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