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Sir Charles Tupper

born: Amherst, Nova Scotia, 2 July 1821
died: Bexleyheath, England, 30 October 1915
representing: Nova Scotia
position: Pro-Maritime Union, Pro-Confederation

Sir Charles Tupper

Charles Tupper was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, the same hometown as fellow Fathers of Confederation Edward Barron Chandler and R.B. Dickey. He received his early education in Wolfeville and earned his medical degree at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, opening a practice in his birthplace in 1843. Later in his career he became the first president of the Canadian Medical Association (1867-70).

In 1855 Tupper was elected to the Nova Scotia Assembly as a Conservative. His election came as a surprise as he was running against the experienced and popular leader of the Reform party of Nova Scotia. Tupper was given the position of Provincial Secretary between 1857-60 and 1963-67 and was made a judge in 1863.

Tupper was always a supporter of either Maritime Union, or the union of the British North American colonies. At the Charlottetown Conference he was Nova Scotia's chief delegate but had difficulty in making the idea of Confederation popular in his home province.

In 1879 Tupper was knighted for his patriotism and political accomplishments. For a ten week period in 1896 he became the sixth Prime Minister of Canada before being forced to resign. The last of the Fathers of Confederation, Sir Charles Tupper died in England at the age of 94.

RealVideo of Charles Tupper as performed by Confederation Players

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