II-80716.0.1 | Copy of the Honourable Mr. Huntington, copied in 1886
Copy of the Honourable Mr. Huntington, copied in 1886
1886, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
15 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
Lucius Seth Huntington was born in 1827 of a farming family in Compton in the Eastern Townships. Despite his humble origins, he had an illustrious career. He trained as a lawyer and also worked as a journalist and in the business world. He entered politics and was elected in 1861. As a competent parliamentarian he was appointed Solicitor General in the Liberal government of John Sanfield Macdonald and Antoine-Aimé Dorion. However, it was in 1873 that he really came to the fore, when he revealed to the House of Commons that John A. Macdonald's government had promised Sir Hugh Allan the contract for building the Pacific railroad in exchange for a generous contribution to the electoral chest of the Conservative Party.