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Sir Alexander Campbell (1822-1892)

Sir Alexander Campbell

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December 2018

Sir Alexander Campbell

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At Campbell House at 236 Metcalfe Street
just south of Somerset Street West


Coordinates: N 45 25.003 W 75 41.533

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Plaque Text

From his early days in John A Macdonald's Kingston Law office, Campbell's cool temper and sharp legal mind led him to a lengthy career in politics. In 1864, he was appointed to the Cabinet of the Province of Canada. He attended the Intercolonial conferences at Charlottetown and Quebec, and was thus a Father of Confederation. From 1867, he held a seat in the Senate, where he led the Conservatives, and was a minister in the various Macdonald governments. In 1887, he became Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, holding the post until his death five years later. He lived here in the 1880s.

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