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The Honourable
Sir Alexander Campbell
Member of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada for Cataraqui

In office
Senator for Cataraqui, Ontario[1]

In office
6th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

In office
1 June 1887 – 24 May 1892
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Marquess of Lansdowne
The Lord Stanley of Preston
Premier Oliver Mowat
Preceded by John Beverley Robinson
Succeeded by George Airey Kirkpatrick
Personal details
Born (1822-03-09)March 9, 1822
Hedon, Yorkshire, England
Died May 24, 1892(1892-05-24) (aged 70)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Cabinet Commissioner of Crown Lands (Province of Canada) (1864–1867)
Postmaster General (1885-1887)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1881-1885)
Postmaster General (1880-1881)
Minister of Militia and Defence (1880)
Postmaster General (1879-1880)
Receiver General (1878-1879)
Minister of the Interior (1873)
Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (1873)
Minister of Inland Revenue (Acting) (1868-1869)
Postmaster General (1867-1873)

Sir Alexander Campbell, PC, KCMG, QC (March 9, 1822 – May 24, 1892) was an English-born, Canadian statesman and politician, and a father of Canadian Confederation.[2]


Born in Hedon, Yorkshire, he was brought to Canada by his father, who was a doctor, when he was one year old. He was educated in French at St. Hyacinthe in Quebec and in the grammar school at Kingston, Ontario. Campbell studied law and was called to the bar in 1843. He became a partner in John A. Macdonald's law office.[3]

He was elected to the Legislative Council in 1858 and 1864, and served as the last Commissioner of Crown Lands 30 March 1864 – 30 June 1867. He attended the Quebec City Conference in 1864, and at Confederation was appointed to the Canadian Senate. He later held a number of ministerial posts in the Cabinet of Sir John A. Macdonald and was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1887 to 1892.[4]

He died in office in Toronto in 1892, and was buried at Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario.[5]

In 1883, he built his home on Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, now known as 'Campbell House'.

Campbell House, 236 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa


In 1855, he married Georgina Frederica Locke, daughter of Thomas Sandwith of Beverley, Yorkshire, and a niece of Humphrey Sandwith (1792–1874) of Bridlington.[5] He left two sons (the eldest was Charles Sandwith Campbell) and three daughters.


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