Sir Richard John Cartwright

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Sir Richard John Cartwright

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Birthplace: Kingston, Frontenac County, Upper Canada, British Colonial America
Death: September 24, 1912 (76)
Portsmouth, Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
Place of Burial: Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
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Father of Henry Cartwright

Occupation: Politician
Managed by: Eric Robert Dunbar
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About Sir Richard John Cartwright

Sir Richard John Cartwright GCMG PC (December 4, 1835 – September 24, 1912) was a Canadian businessman and politician.

Cartwright was one of Canada's most distinguished federal politicians during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a cabinet minister in five Liberal governments. He served in the Canadian Parliament for 43 years and 5 months, being an MP from 1867 to 1904 then a Senator until his death in 1912. Prior to Confederation, he had served 4 years, 1 month and 15 days in the Legislative Assembly of the old Province of Canada. Thus, he was a legislator for more than 47 and a half years. He was a vigorous and trenchant orator, and was known as 'the Rupert of debate'. In particular, his debates with his Conservative counterpart, Sir George Eulas Foster, are the stuff of Canadian Parliamentary legend.

He was a progressive. A free trader, he stood against the Conservatives' high-tariff policy. Often propounding on the inalienable right of Canadian freeman to vote for and in support of their patriotic convictions independent of any party, he favoured proportional representation via Single Transferable Voting. He supported the fight of western farmers for accessible terminal grain elevators in 1910.

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Sir Richard John Cartwright's Timeline

1835
December 4, 1835
Kingston, Frontenac County, Upper Canada, British Colonial America
1872
January 10, 1872
Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
1912
September 24, 1912
Age 76
Portsmouth, Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
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Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada