Sous-fonds SF03 - Sir Richard John Cartwright sous-fonds

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Sir Richard John Cartwright sous-fonds

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  • 1856-1912 (Creation)
    Cartwright, Richard John

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0.67 m of textual records

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Sir Richard John Cartwright (1835-1912) was born in Kingston, Upper Canada, the son of Rev. Robert David Cartwright, and the grandson of the Hon. Richard Cartwright Jr. He received his education at Trinity College, Dublin. Upon returning to Canada he became president of the Commercial Bank of the Midland District. In 1863 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly as a Conservative and in 1867 he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons. He "crossed the floor" to join the ranks of the Liberal party. He was Minister of Finance in the Alexander Mackenzie administration from 1873 to 1878. In 1896 he became Minister of Trade and Commerce in the Laurier administration.He was the chief spokesman for the Liberal Party in regard to fiscal and trade matters. In 1904 he was appointed to the Senate and held that post until his death.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, including letters to Alfred Knight, his business agent in Napanee, Ont., concerning the interests of the Cartwright estate; business papers; speeches; scrapbooks; a manuscript of his book, "Reminiscences"; and invitations from Their Excellencies, The Governor General and The Countess of Minto, to Sir Richard, his wife, and family to attend various events in Ottawa.

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Purchased in 1971, with subsequent donation by R.L. Cartwright in 1977.


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  • English

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5005.5 SE

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Public domain

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Cartwright family fonds

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  • Shelf: 2199
  • Shelf: 5005.5 SE