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"The Fathers of Confederation"

In 1866, delegates from across Canada met in London's Westminster Hotel to frame the constitution of Canada, The British North America Act. The British Parliament passed the Act early in 1867, and Queen Victoria gave her assent in March. The Act was formally proclaimed on July 1, 1867.

The Fathers of Confederation

"The Fathers of Confederation"
Name Position at the Time
CANADA
Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché
John Alexander Macdonald
Georges-Étienne Cartier
George Brown
Oliver Mowat
Alexander Tilloch Galt
William McDougall
Thomas D'Arcy McGee
Alexander Campbell
Jean-Charles Chapais
Hector-Louis Langevin
James Cockburn

Prime Minister, Chairman of the Quebec Conference
Attorney General for Upper Canada
Attorney General for Lower Canada
President of the Executive Council
Postmaster General
Minister of Finance
Provincial Secretary
Minister of Agriculture
Commissioner of Crown Lands
Commissioner of Public Works
Solicitor General for Lower Canada
Solicitor General for Upper Canada
NOVA SCOTIA
Sir Charles Tupper
William Alexander Henry
Robert Barry Dickey
Jonathan McCully
Adams George Archibald

Premier and Provincial Secretary
Attorney General
Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Legislative Council
Leader of the Opposition
NEW BRUNSWICK
Samuel Leonard Tilley
William Henry Steeves
John Mercer Johnson
Peter Mitchell
Edward Barron Chandler
John Hamilton Gray
Charles Fisher

Premier and Provincial Secretary
Delegate without Portfolio
Attorney General
Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Legislative Council
Leader of the Opposition
Member of the Legislative Assembly
NEWFOUNDLAND
Frederic Bowker Terrington Carter
Ambrose Shea

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Leader of the Opposition
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Colonel John Hamilton Gray
Edward Palmer
William Henry Pope
Andrew Archibald Macdonald
George Coles
Thomas Heath Haviland
Edward Whelan

Premier, Chairman of the Charlottestown Conference
Attorney General
Provincial Secretary
Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Member of the Legislative Assembly

SEE ALSO
Queen Victoria
John Alexander Macdonald

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