Sir Charles Tupper : family papers

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Tupper, Charles, 1821-1915
Sir Charles Tupper : family papers
MG 26 F
Politics and politicians
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Sir Charles Tupper, 1st Baronet (1821 - 1915), was a Canadian father of Confederation in his position as the Premier of Nova Scotia from 1864 to 1867, as he led the colony into joining Canada. In 1867, Tupper resigned as premier of Nova Scotia and began a career in federal politics. He held multiple cabinet positions under Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald (1815 - 1891), including President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada (1870 - 1872), Minister of Inland Revenue (1872 - 1873), Minister of Customs (1873 - 1874), Minister of Public Works (1878- 1879), Minister of Railways and Canals (1879 - 1884), and Minister of Finance (1887 - 1888). Tupper also became Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and took up his post in London in 1883, though he served as Minister of Finance later without relinquishing the High Commissionership position. He eventually became the sixth Prime Minister of Canada. He was sworn into office on May 1, 1896, seven days after parliament had been dissolved. He lost the June 23 election and resigned on July 8, 1896. His 69-day term as prime minister is currently the shortest in Canadian history. Tupper served as Leader of the Opposition from July 1896 until 1900, at which point he returned to London, where he lived until his death in 1915.
This collection consists of Sir Charles Tupper’s family papers from 1857 and circa 1878 to 1919.