I-13479.1 | Samuel L. Tilley, politician, Montreal, QC, 1864

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Samuel L. Tilley, politician, Montreal, QC, 1864
William Notman (1826-1891)
1864, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
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A native of New Brunswick, Samuel Leonard Tilley (1818-1896) was a delegate to the three conferences-in Charlottetown, Quebec City and London-that led to Confederation.

After starting out as a pharmacist in Saint John, New Brunswick, Tilley began his political career as a member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, where he sat almost continuously between 1850 and 1867. He was, among other things, a particularly fervent advocate on behalf of the temperance movement, which sought to limit the consumption of alcohol. As a member of the "Smashers" movement he tried unsuccessfully to introduce prohibition into New Brunswick in the 1850s.

Tilley was chosen to be a member of the first federal cabinet in 1867, and given the Customs portfolio. He would later become Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick and the federal Minister of Finance.