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James Cockburn

Photograph: Hon. James Cockburn, May 1873.


Hon. James Cockburn, Member of Parliament for Northumberland West, Ontario, May 1873.

(February 13, 1819 - August 14, 1883)

As the Conservative Member of Parliament for Northumberland West (Ontario) from 1861 to 1874 and from 1878 to 1881, James Cockburn was a member of the Great Coalition and participated in the Québec Conference. A defender of rep by pop, he sought to convince the public of the concept's validity. He was solicitor general from 1864 to 1867 in the government of Étienne-Paschal Taché and John A. Macdonald, and Speaker of the House of Commons from 1867 to 1873.


Swainson, Donald. -- "Cockburn, James." -- The 1999 Canadian encyclopedia : world edition. -- Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1998.

Swainson, Donald. -- "Cockburn, James." -- Dictionnaire biographique du Canada. -- Vol. XI. -- Québec : Presses de l'Université Laval, 1982. -- P. 214-215.