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Banner: First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
John Joseph Caldwell Abbott

John Joseph Caldwell Abbott.

Quick Facts

1821 - 1893

Term(s) of Office:

June 16, 1891 - November 24, 1892

Born

  • March 12, 1821, St. Andrews, Lower Canada

Education

  • University of McGill College, B.C.L. 1854

Personal Life

  • Married 1849, Mary Bethune (1823 - 1898)
  • Four sons, four daughters

Occupations

  • Lawyer (called to the Bar of Canada East in 1847)
  • 1853 - 1876 Professor of Law, McGill
  • 1855 - 1880 Dean of Law, McGill
  • 1862 President, Canada Central Railway
  • 1862 - 1884 Raised and commanded the Argenteuil Rangers
  • 1885 - 1891 Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Pacific Railway
  • 1887, 1888 Elected Mayor of Montreal

Political Party

  • Liberal-Conservative
  • 1891 - 1892 Party Leader

Constituencies

  • 1867 - 1874, 1881 - 1887 Argenteuil, Quebec

Other Ministries

  • 1862 - 1863 Solicitor General (Province of Canada)
  • 1887 - 1891 Minister Without Portfolio
  • 1891 - 1892 President of the Privy Council

Political Record

  • Chair, House of Commons Banking Committee 1867 - 1874
  • Senator and Leader of the Government in the Senate 1887 - 1893
  • The first prime minister to lead the country from the Senate

Died

  • October 30, 1893, Montreal, Quebec
  • Grave site: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec

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

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