|Senator for Victoria, Nova Scotia|
May 18, 1905 – March 17, 1912
|Appointed by||Wilfrid Laurier|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Victoria, Nova Scotia
|Succeeded by||Charles James Campbell|
|Preceded by||John Lemuel Bethune|
|Succeeded by||Electoral district was abolished in 1903|
|Born||December 20, 1824|
Boularderie, Nova Scotia
|Died||March 17, 1912 (aged 87)|
|Residence||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Cabinet||Minister of Militia and Defence (1873-1874)|
William Ross (December 20, 1824 – March 17, 1912) was a Canadian politician.
Born in Boularderie, Nova Scotia, the son of John Ross, a Scottish immigrant, and Robina McKenzie, Ross was a merchant and shipbuilder. In 1855, he married Eliza Moore. He represented Victoria County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1857 to 1867. He was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament in 1867. From 1873 to 1874, he was the Minister of Militia and Defence. Ross resigned his seat in the House of Commons in 1874 after he was named customs collector for Halifax and served until 1888.
Ross also served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Cape Breton militia.
In 1905, he was summoned to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Victoria, Nova Scotia. A Liberal, he served until his death in 1912.
- Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
- William Ross – Parliament of Canada biography
- The Canadian parliamentary companion, HJ Morgan (1869)
- The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1877, CH Mackintosh
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