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Abbott, Sir John Joseph Caldwell (1821–1893), prime minister of Canada, was born on 12 March 1821 at St Andrews, Argenteuil county, Lower Canada, the eldest son of the Revd Joseph Abbott (bap. 1790, d. 1862) and Harriet Bradford.

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Robert Baldwin (1804–1858) by Thomas Waterman Wood, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baldwin, Robert (1804–1858), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 12 May 1804 at York, Upper Canada, the eldest of the five sons of William Warren Baldwin (1775–1844), also a lawyer and politician in Canada, and his wife, (Margaret) Phoebe Willcocks (1771–1851)...

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(Dominick) Edward Blake (1833–1912) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blake, (Dominick) Edward (1833–1912), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 13 October 1833 at a homestead at Bear River, Adelaide township, Middlesex county, Upper Canada, the elder son of William Hume Blake (1809–1870) and his wife, Catherine (1804/5–1886), the daughter of ...

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Sir Robert Laird Borden (1854–1937) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 Orpen / National Archives of Canada / C-011238

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Borden, Sir Robert Laird (1854–1937), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in Grand Pré, in the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia, on 26 June 1854, the eldest son of Andrew Borden (1816–1900), a farmer and railway station master, and his wife, Eunice Jane (...

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Campbell, Sir Alexander (1822–1892), lawyer and politician in Canada, born in Hedon, near Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, on 9 March 1822, was the son of James Campbell, a physician of Scottish parentage, and his wife, Lavinia Scatcherd. After living for some time in ...

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Sir Richard Cartwright (1835–1912) by unknown photographer, 1881 National Archives of Canada / PA-025546

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Cartwright, Sir Richard (1835–1912), businessman and politician in Canada, born in Kingston, Upper Canada, on 4 December 1835, was the son of the Revd Robert David Cartwright (d. 1843) and his wife, Harriet Dobbs (1808–1887). His paternal grandfather, Richard Cartwright (1759–1815), the founder of the Canadian family, was a very wealthy man and one of the Conservative leaders of early ...

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Claxton, (Brian) Brooke (1898–1960), politician in Canada, was born on 23 August 1898 in Montreal, the only child of Alfred George Brooke Claxton (1866–1945) and his wife, Blanche Lovat Simpson. The young Brooke Claxton was born to a privileged family in the rather conservative protestant circles of English ...

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Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (1817–1893), businessman and politician in Canada, was born on 6 September 1817 in Chelsea, London, the youngest of the three sons of John Galt (1779–1839), author and colonizer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1851), the daughter of the publisher ...

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Gowan, Ogle Robert (1803–1876), politician in Canada, was born on 13 July 1803 at Mount Nebo, co. Wexford, Ireland, the second of the four children of John Hunter Gowan (d. 1825), a landlord and magistrate, and Margaret Hogan. The illegitimate younger son in the second family of an important ...

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Hincks, Sir Francis (1807–1885), politician and journalist in Canada, was born on 14 December 1807 at Cork, Ireland, the youngest of the seven children of the Revd Thomas Dix Hincks (1767–1857) and his wife, Anne Boult (1767–1835). Edward Hincks was his elder brother. ...

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Howe, Clarence Decatur (1886–1960), politician and engineer in Canada, was born on 15 January 1886 in Waltham, Massachusetts, the first child and only son of William Clarence Howe, a builder, and his wife, Mary Emma Hastings. His parents were of New England stock, and ...

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Johnston, James William (1792–1873), politician and lawyer in Canada, was born on 29 August 1792 in Jamaica, the youngest son of William Martin Johnston (d. 1808), a surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of John Lichtenstein and Catherine Delegal. The Johnston...

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Joly de Lotbinière, Sir Henri-Gustave (1829–1908), politician in Canada, born on 5 December 1829 at Épernay, France, was the son of Pierre-Gustave Joly (1798–1865), a merchant and the owner of famous vineyards at Épernay, who in 1828 married Julie-Christine (1810–1887), the heir of the seigneury of ...

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Sir John Alexander Macdonald (1815–1891) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macdonald, Sir John Alexander (1815–1891), prime minister of Canada, was born in Glasgow on 11 January 1815, one of the five children (and the only male to reach adulthood) of Hugh Macdonald (d. 1841), a merchant, and his wife, Helen Shaw.

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MacNab, Sir Allan Napier, baronet (1798–1862), politician and entrepreneur in Canada, was born on 19 February 1798 at Newark, Upper Canada (later Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), the third and first surviving of the seven children of Lieutenant Allan MacNab, a half-pay officer formerly of the ...