Alexander Campbell (Canadian Senator)

Sir Alexander Campbell, PC, KCMG, QC (March 9, 1822 – May 24, 1892) was an English-born, Canadian statesman and politician, and a father of Canadian Confederation.

Born in Hedon, Yorkshire, he was brought to Canada by his father, who was a doctor, when he was one year old. He was educated in French at St. Hyacinthe in Quebec and in the grammar school at Kingston, Ontario. Campbell studied law and was called to the bar in 1843. He became a partner in John A. Macdonald's law office.

He was elected to the Legislative Council in 1858 and 1864, and served as the last Commissioner of Crown Lands 30 March 1864 – 30 June 1867. He attended the Quebec City Conference in 1864, and at Confederation was appointed to the Canadian Senate. He later held a number of ministerial posts in the Cabinet of Sir John A. Macdonald and was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1887 to 1892.

In 1855 he married Georgina, daughter of Thomas Sandwith of Beverley, Yorkshire, and a niece of Humphrey Sandwith (1792–1874) of Bridlington. He left two sons (the eldest was Charles Sandwith Campbell) and three daughters and died in office in Toronto in 1892 and buried at Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario.

In 1883 he built his home on Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, now known as 'Campbell House'.

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    The waters wild went o’er his child,
    And he was left lamenting.
    —Thomas Campbell (1774–1844)