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Sir Charles Tupper

1821 - 1915

Sixth Prime Minister of Canada, for a brief period in 1896. Tupper was a Father of Confederation, a loyal and self-effacing right hand to John A. MacDonald through the struggle for confederation and the building in its early years. He served as President of the Privy Council, Minister of Inland Revenue, Minister of Customs, Minister of Public Works, and Minister of Finance, and as Canadian High Commissioner to Great Britain. He oversaw the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and helped MacDonald build the bridges with opponents that allowed the confederation to survive.


The human mind naturally adapts itself to the position it occupies. The most gigantic intellect may be dwarfed by being cabin'd, cribbed and confined. It requires a great country and great circumstances to develop great men.

1865