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Charles Tupper

Sir Charles Tupper

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Sir Charles Tupper

Tupper was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, on July 2, 1821. He was the premier of Nova Scotia who agreed to Confederation. His first job was as a doctor. Even after he became a politician, he still kept his medical bag under his seat in the House of Commons. He was a member of the Conservative party in Nova Scotia, and became premier in 1864.

Tupper was interested in joining Canada because he felt it would be good for Nova Scotia's economy. He participated in the Confederation conferences which led to Nova Scotia agreeing to join Confederation in 1867.

Once Nova Scotia was part of Canada Tupper quit his job as premier, and joined the federal Conservative party. He held several important jobs in the Conservative government of Sir John A. Macdonald. Tupper became prime minister in 1896. However he was only prime minister for ten weeks before losing the election that same year. Tupper retired from politics in 1900, and died on October 30, 1915.

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