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The Hon. Sir Adams George Archibald, P.C., Q.C., K.C.M.G.

Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd):  1814-05-03

Place of Birth:  Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Deceased Date (yyyy-mm-dd):  1892-12-14 (78 years old)

Profession | Occupation:  lawyer

Notes: Father of Confederation; attended the Charlottetown (Sept. 1864), Quebec (Oct. 1864) and London (Dec. 1866) Conferences.

Of Scottish origin.

Federal Political Experience

Years of Service: 1,186 days (3 years, 2 months, 29 days)

House of Commons

Constituency Political Affiliation at Election Date of Election Result
Colchester Liberal-Conservative 1867-08-07
During the general election of 1867, elections in the constituencies were held at various times between 1867-08-07 and 1867-09-20.
Defeated
Colchester
Resignation. Appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, May 20, 1870.
Liberal-Conservative 1869-09-09
(By-Election)
Elected
Colchester Liberal-Conservative 1888-08-15
(By-Election)
Elected

Parliamentary Group

Party Term
Liberal-Conservative 1888-08-15 - 1891-03-04
Liberal-Conservative 1869-09-09 - 1870-05-19
Minister
Portfolio Term
Secretary of State for the Provinces
Resignation. Defeated in the August 7 to September 20, 1867 federal election, at once tendered his resignation. Retained his portfolio until April 1868.
1867-07-01 - 1868-04-30
Committees - House of Commons

Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

Committee Role Term
Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines Member 6th Parliament, 4th Session
(1890-01-16 - 1890-05-16)
Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce Member 6th Parliament, 4th Session
(1890-01-16 - 1890-05-16)
Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines Member 6th Parliament, 3rd Session
(1889-01-31 - 1889-05-02)
Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce Member 6th Parliament, 3rd Session
(1889-01-31 - 1889-05-02)
Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce Member 1st Parliament, 3rd Session
(1870-02-15 - 1870-05-12)
Committees - Joint

Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

Committee Role Term
Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament Member 1st Parliament, 3rd Session
(1870-02-15 - 1870-05-12)

Provincial / Territorial Political Experience

Provincial / Territorial Political Affiliation
Political Affiliation Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
Liberal Party Nova Scotia 1859 - 1867
Reformer Nova Scotia 1851 - 1859
Provincial / Territorial Constituency
Constituencies Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
Colchester House of Assembly of Nova Scotia 1851 - 1867
Provincial / Territorial Assembly
Assembly Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
House of Assembly of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia 1851 - 1867
Provincial / Territorial Responsibilities
Responsibility Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
Solicitor General Nova Scotia 1856-08-14 - 1857-02
Lieutenant Governor Nova Scotia 1873-07-05 - 1883-07-03
Lieutenant Governor Manitoba 1870-07-15 - 1872-10-01
Attorney General Nova Scotia 1860 - 1863

Selected Publications

The following is a select bibliography, representing key titles or contributions from the parliamentarian’s collection of published works. To learn more about this parliamentarian’s written works please consult a library near you.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information. Should you find any errors please contact us via e-mail at: parlinfo@parl.gc.ca.

Sir Alexadner (!) Croke. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1881. [S.l.: s.n.; v.2, p. 110-28. 1881]

Life of Sir John Wentworth : [Governor of Nova Scotia, 1792-1808]. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1921. [S.l.: s.n.; v. 20, p. 43-109. 1921]

Letter from A.G. Archibald, Esq., M.P.P. to the people of Nova Scotia. In: British America : arguments against a union of the provinces reviewed : with further reasons for confederation / by J. McCully. London; 1867

The expulsion of the Acadians. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1887. [S.l.: s.n.; v.5, p. [11]-95. 1887]

Letter from A.G. Archibald, Esq., M.P.P. to the people of Nova Scotia. [London: s.n.; 8 p. 1866]

Government house at Halifax. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1883. [S.l.: s.n.; v.3, p. [197]-208. 1883]

The inaugural addresses, &c., delivered at the opening of the Law School in connection with Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., at the beginning of the first term in 1883. Halifax, N.S.: Nova Scotia Print.; 62 p. 1884

Story of deportation of negroes from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1891. [S.l.: s.n.; v.7, p. [129]-54. 1891]

First siege and capture of Louisbourg 1745. In: Royal Society of Canada, Ottawa. Proceedings and transactions, 1887. [S.l.: s.n.]; v.5, section 2, p. 41-53. 1888

Federal Political Experience

Years of Service: 1,186 days (3 years, 2 months, 29 days)

House of Commons

Constituency Political Affiliation at Election Date of Election Result
Colchester Liberal-Conservative 1867-08-07
During the general election of 1867, elections in the constituencies were held at various times between 1867-08-07 and 1867-09-20.
Defeated
Colchester
Resignation. Appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, May 20, 1870.
Liberal-Conservative 1869-09-09
(By-Election)
Elected
Colchester Liberal-Conservative 1888-08-15
(By-Election)
Elected

Parliamentary Group

Party Term
Liberal-Conservative 1888-08-15 - 1891-03-04
Liberal-Conservative 1869-09-09 - 1870-05-19
Minister
Portfolio Term
Secretary of State for the Provinces
Resignation. Defeated in the August 7 to September 20, 1867 federal election, at once tendered his resignation. Retained his portfolio until April 1868.
1867-07-01 - 1868-04-30
Committees - House of Commons

Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

Committee Role Term
Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines Member 6th Parliament, 4th Session
(1890-01-16 - 1890-05-16)
Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce Member 6th Parliament, 4th Session
(1890-01-16 - 1890-05-16)
Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines Member 6th Parliament, 3rd Session
(1889-01-31 - 1889-05-02)
Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce Member 6th Parliament, 3rd Session
(1889-01-31 - 1889-05-02)
Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce Member 1st Parliament, 3rd Session
(1870-02-15 - 1870-05-12)
Committees - Joint

Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

Committee Role Term
Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament Member 1st Parliament, 3rd Session
(1870-02-15 - 1870-05-12)

Provincial / Territorial Political Experience

Provincial / Territorial Political Affiliation
Political Affiliation Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
Liberal Party Nova Scotia 1859 - 1867
Reformer Nova Scotia 1851 - 1859
Provincial / Territorial Constituency
Constituencies Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
Colchester House of Assembly of Nova Scotia 1851 - 1867
Provincial / Territorial Assembly
Assembly Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
House of Assembly of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia 1851 - 1867
Provincial / Territorial Responsibilities
Responsibility Province / Territory Term (yyyy-mm-dd)
Solicitor General Nova Scotia 1856-08-14 - 1857-02
Lieutenant Governor Nova Scotia 1873-07-05 - 1883-07-03
Lieutenant Governor Manitoba 1870-07-15 - 1872-10-01
Attorney General Nova Scotia 1860 - 1863

Selected Publications

The following is a select bibliography, representing key titles or contributions from the parliamentarian’s collection of published works. To learn more about this parliamentarian’s written works please consult a library near you.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information. Should you find any errors please contact us via e-mail at: parlinfo@parl.gc.ca.

Sir Alexadner (!) Croke. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1881. [S.l.: s.n.; v.2, p. 110-28. 1881]

Life of Sir John Wentworth : [Governor of Nova Scotia, 1792-1808]. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1921. [S.l.: s.n.; v. 20, p. 43-109. 1921]

Letter from A.G. Archibald, Esq., M.P.P. to the people of Nova Scotia. In: British America : arguments against a union of the provinces reviewed : with further reasons for confederation / by J. McCully. London; 1867

The expulsion of the Acadians. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1887. [S.l.: s.n.; v.5, p. [11]-95. 1887]

Letter from A.G. Archibald, Esq., M.P.P. to the people of Nova Scotia. [London: s.n.; 8 p. 1866]

Government house at Halifax. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1883. [S.l.: s.n.; v.3, p. [197]-208. 1883]

The inaugural addresses, &c., delivered at the opening of the Law School in connection with Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., at the beginning of the first term in 1883. Halifax, N.S.: Nova Scotia Print.; 62 p. 1884

Story of deportation of negroes from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone. In: Nova Scotia Historical Society, Halifax. Collections. 1891. [S.l.: s.n.; v.7, p. [129]-54. 1891]

First siege and capture of Louisbourg 1745. In: Royal Society of Canada, Ottawa. Proceedings and transactions, 1887. [S.l.: s.n.]; v.5, section 2, p. 41-53. 1888