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Prime Minister Sir Charles Tupper


Sir Charles Tupper, Prime Minister of Canada 1896

Sir Charles Tupper, Prime Minister of Canada

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About Sir Charles Tupper:

With an impressive career in Canadian politics, Sir Charles Tupper was 75 when he finally became Prime Minister of Canada, and then served for only 10 weeks. His Conservative government was defeated by Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Liberals on the Manitoba Schools Question on minority education rights.

As well as Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Charles Tupper was

Prime Minister of Canada:


Birth and Death:

  • Born July 2, 1821 in Amherst, Nova Scotia
  • Died October 30, 1915 in Bexley Heath, England


MD - University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Professional Career:

  • Doctor
  • President of the Canadian Medical Association 1867-70
  • High Commissioner to England 1884-87, 1888-96

Political Affiliation:

Provincial Riding (Electoral District):

Cumberland County 1855-67

Federal Ridings (Electoral Districts):

  • Cumberland 1867-84, 1887-88
  • Cape Breton 1896-1900

Political Career of Sir Charles Tupper:

  • Charles Tupper was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia in 1855.

  • He was Nova Scotia Provincial Secretary from 1857 to 1860 and againd from 1863 to 1867.

  • Charles Tupper was Premier of Nova Scotia from 1864 to 1867.

  • A Father of Confederation, Charles Tupper was a delegate to the Charlottetown, Quebec and London conferences.

  • Charles Tupper was elected to the House of Commons in 1867.

  • In 1870, Charles Tupper became President of the Privy Council.

  • He was appointed Minister of Inland Revenue in 1872 and the next year became Minister of Customs.

  • He became Minister of Public Works in 1878.

  • Charles Tupper was appointed Minister of Railways and Canals, overseeing the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1879 to 1884.

  • He was Minister of Finance from 1887 to 1888.

  • In 1896 he was Secretary of State.

  • When Sir Mackenzie Bowell was forced to resign in 1896, Sir Charles Tupper was appointed Prime Minister of Canada.

  • The Conservatives lost the 1896 election and Sir Wilfrid Laurier became Prime Minister.

  • Sir Charles Tupper stayed as Leader of the Opposition until 1900.

  • Sir Charles Tupper remained as Conservative Party Leader until 1901.

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