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Archibald, Sir Adams George (1814–1892), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 3 May 1814 in Truro, Nova Scotia, the second son of Samuel Archibald, a farmer and justice of the peace, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of Matthew Archibald. Following graduation from ...

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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 George-Étienne Cartier, baronet (1814–1873) by unknown engraver, pubd 1864 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cartier, Sir George-Étienne, baronet (1814–1873), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 6 September 1814 at Seven Chimneys, St Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Lower Canada, the seventh of the eight children of Jacques Cartier (1774–1841), a merchant, and his wife, Marguerite (1779–1848), the daughter of ...

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Chapleau, Sir Joseph-Adolphe (1840–1898), lawyer and politician in Canada, born on 9 November 1840 at Ste Thérèse de Blainville, in the county of Terrebonne, Lower Canada (province of Quebec), where his family had been settled for nearly a century, was the son of ...

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Dorion, Sir Antoine-Aimé (1818–1891), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 17 January 1818 at St Anne-de-la-Pérade, Lower Canada, the second of the ten children of Pierre-Antoine Dorion, a merchant descended from Pierre Dorion, who had emigrated from the Basses-Pyrénées of France...

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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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Sir (Henri Charles) Wilfrid Laurier (1841–1919) by William James Topley, 1906 National Archives of Canada / C-1971

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Laurier, Sir (Henri Charles) Wilfrid (1841–1919), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in St Lin, a village near Montreal, on 20 November 1841, the son of Carolus Laurier (1815–1886), a farmer and surveyor who was active in local politics, and his wife, ...

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Macdonald, (John) Sandfield (1812–1872), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 12 December 1812 at St Raphael West, in Glengarry county, Upper Canada, the eldest of the five children of Alexander Sandfield Macdonald, of the clan Ranald, and his wife, Nancy Macdonald (...

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D'Alton McCarthy (1836–1898) by William James Topley, 1890 National Archives of Canada / PA-026646

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McCarthy, D'Alton (1836–1898), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 10 October 1836 at Oakley Park, Blackrock, Ireland, the son of D'Alton McCarthy and Charlesina Hope Manners. His father was a lawyer who decided in 1847 to emigrate to Upper Canada (later Ontario)...

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Mercier, Honoré (1840–1894), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 15 October 1840 in the parish of St Athanase, Iberville county, Lower Canada, the fourth child of Jean-Baptiste Mercier, a farmer, and his wife, Catherine Kemeneur (or Timineur). His family had farmed in ...

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Mowat, Sir Oliver (1820–1903), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 22 July 1820 in Kingston, Upper Canada, the eldest of the five children of John Mowat (1791–1860) and Helen Levack (1791–1873), immigrants from Caithness. John Mowat had left the British army after the Anglo-American War of 1812–14 and become a well-to-do merchant in the thriving town of ...