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How Canadians Govern Themselves

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Governors General of Canada since 1867


Assumed Office
1 The Viscount Monck, GCMG July 1, 1867
2 Lord Lisgar, GCMG Feb. 2, 1869
3 The Earl of Dufferin, KP, GCMG, KCB June 25, 1872
4 The Marquess of Lorne, KT, GCMG Nov. 25, 1878
5 The Marquess of Lansdowne, GCMG Oct. 23, 1883
6 Lord Stanley of Preston, GCB June 11, 1888
7 The Earl of Aberdeen, KT, GCMG Sept. 18, 1893
8 The Earl of Minto, GCMG Nov. 12, 1898
9 The Earl Grey, GCMG Dec. 10, 1904
10 Field Marshal H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, KG Oct. 13, 1911
11 The Duke of Devonshire, KG, GCMG, GCVO Nov. 11, 1916
12 Gen. The Lord Byng of Vimy, GCB, GCMG, MVO Aug. 11, 1921
13 The Viscount Willingdon of Ratton, GCSI, GCIE, GBE Oct. 2, 1926
14 The Earl of Bessborough, GCMG April 4, 1931
15 Lord Tweedsmuir of Elsfield, GCMG, GCVO, CH Nov. 2, 1935
16 Maj. Gen. The Earl of Athlone, KG, PC, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, DSO June 21, 1940
17 Field Marshal The Rt. Hon. Viscount Alexander of Tunis, KG, GCB, GCMG, CSI, DSO, MC, LLD, ADC April 12, 1946
18 The Rt. Hon. Vincent Massey, PC, CH Feb. 28, 1952
19 Maj. Gen. The Rt. Hon. Georges Philias Vanier, PC, DSO, MC, CD Sept. 15, 1959
20 The Rt. Hon. Daniel Roland Michener, PC, CC April 17, 1967
21 The Rt. Hon. Jules Léger, CC, CMM Jan. 14, 1974
22 The Rt. Hon. Edward Richard Schreyer, PC, CC, CMM, CD Jan. 22, 1979
23 The Rt. Hon. Jeanne Sauvé, PC, CC, CMM, CD May 14, 1984
24 The Rt. Hon. Ramon John Hnatyshyn, PC, CC, CMM, CD, QC Jan. 29, 1990
25 The Rt. Hon. Roméo-A. LeBlanc, PC, CC, CMM, CD Feb. 8, 1995
26 The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD Oct. 7, 1999
27 The Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, CC, CMM, COM, CD Sept. 27, 2005
28 The Rt. Hon. David Lloyd Johnston, CC, CMM, COM, CD, AB, LLB, DD Oct. 1, 2010


Visit Parlinfo for a current list of Governors General of Canada since 1867, or contact the Library of Parliament Information Service (see Preface).

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