Hon. Charles Tupper, 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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Charles Tupper (1821-1915) was the longest-surviving Father of Confederation. A doctor, he opened an office and pharmacy at the start of the 1840s.
In 1855, Tupper made his entry onto the Nova Scotia political scene as a Conservative member of government. He became Prime Minister in 1864, after serving as Provincial Secretary. A delegate to the Charlottetown, Quebec City and London Confederation conferences, he did not manage to convince the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly to approve the Quebec City resolutions.
Elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1867, Tupper held various ministerial posts between 1870 and 1888. He would also become High Commissioner to London and Secretary of State, in addition to serving a 10-week stint as Prime Minister of Canada in 1896.