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  • Honorable William Henry Steeves (1814 - 1873)
    Laurel LoganAugust 4, 2008from Henry Steeves (May 20, 1814 - December 9, 1873) was a merchant, lumberman, politician and Father of Canadian Confederation.Born and raised in Hillsborough, New Brunswick,...
  • Thomas Heath Haviland, Jr. (1822 - 1895)
    Thomas Heath Haviland (1822-1895), a lawyer, born in Charlottetown, was a representative on the island's expanded delegation to Quebec. He favored union and was one of three commissioners who worked ou...
  • John Hamilton Gray (1811 - 1887)
    Wikipedia * Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees by SmartCopy : Jun 8 2015, 19:46:30 UTC
  • George Coles (1810 - 1875)
    Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via father James Coles by SmartCopy : Jun 8 2015, 18:42:21 UTC

Fathers of Confederation

The Fathers of Confederation are the people who attended the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences in 1864 and the London Conference of 1866 in England, preceding Canadian Confederation.
There were 36 original Fathers of Confederation. Hewitt Bernard, who was the recording secretary at the Charlottetown Conference, is considered by some to be a Father of Confederation. The later "Fathers" who brought the other provinces into Confederation after 1867 are also referred to as Fathers of Confederation. In this way, Amor De Cosmos who was instrumental both in bringing democracy to British Columbia and in bringing his province into Confederation, is considered by many to be a Father of Confederation As well, Joey Smallwood referred to himself as "the Last Father of Confederation", because he helped lead Newfoundland into Confederation in 1949.

Different opinions

There are different opinions on who should be considered Fathers of Confederation. For the purposes of this project , the term refers to the people who attended one or more of the three conferences held at Charlottetown, Quebec, and London to discuss the union of British North America

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