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First Among Equals - Children's Version : The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
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Sir Mackenzie Bowell

Sir Mackenzie Bowell

Born 1823, Died 1917

Time as Prime Minister
1894 - 1896

Born

  • December 27, 1823, Rickinghall, England
  • Emigrated to Canada in 1832

Education

  • Apprenticed as a printer with The Intelligencer, Belleville, Ontario 1834
  • Teaching diploma from Sydney Normal School, Hastings, Ontario 1841

Personal Life

  • Married 1847, Harriet Moore (1829 - 1884)
  • Four sons, five daughters

Professional Life

  • Printer, editor and later owner of The Intelligencer, Belleville
  • Businessman
  • 1858 - 1865 Ensign, Belleville Rifle Company
  • 1867 - 1872 Major, 49th Hastings Battalion
  • 1870 - 1878 Grandmaster of Orange Order of British North America

Political Party

  • Liberal-Conservative
  • 1894 - 1896 Party Leader

Constituencies

  • 1867 - 1892 North Hastings, Ontario

Other Ministries

  • 1878 - 1892 Customs
  • 1892 Militia and Defence
  • 1892 - 1894 Trade and Commerce
  • 1894 - 1896 President of the Privy Council

Political Record

  • Trade mission to Australia and promotion of submarine cable link between North America and Australia, 1894
  • Attempted to re-establish a separate school system in Manitoba 1895
  • Senator 1892 - 1917
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate 1893 - 1896
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate 1896 - 1906
  • The second Prime Minister to lead the country from the Senate

Died

  • December 10, 1917, Belleville, Ontario
  • Grave site: Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Ontario

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


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