James Hamilton Ross
|James H. Ross|
|Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the North-West Territories|
|Preceded by||Herbert Charles Wilson|
|Succeeded by||John Felton Betts|
May 12, 1856|
London, Canada West
|Died||December 14, 1932
Victoria, British Columbia
John Gordon Ross
James Hamilton Ross (May 12, 1856 – December 14, 1932) was a Canadian politician, the Yukon Territory's third Commissioner, and an ardent defender of territorial rights. He is also considered to be the first resident of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
On January 2, 1882, Ross, a western Canadian rancher born in London, Canada West, and four other men were scouting the location for the Canadian Pacific Railway divisional point when they became the first residents of the modern-day town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Four days later, Ross established a homestead on the site, becoming the town's first permanent resident.
Territorial political career
Soon after, Ross became an active participant in territorial government. He continuously campaigned for responsible government and was active in the negotiations to create the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Ross sat in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories between 1883 and 1901, and was Speaker from 1891 to 1894 and a member of the Executive Council between 1895 and 1897. Ross also served as treasurer and then became the Commissioner of the Yukon Territory on March 11, 1901, becoming the first Yukon Commissioner to reside in Government House in Dawson City.
Personal life and family
His son, James Hamilton Ross, a chemist at McGill University, developed and patented a new method of synthesizing RDX used by the Allies in the Second World War. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom as well as Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Federal political career
Ross ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election held on December 2, 1902. He became the Yukon's first Member of Parliament defeating Yukon territorial councilor Joseph Clarke. He did not visit the Yukon Territory during the campaign and incurred no election expenses other than his deposit.
Ross was appointed to the Senate in 1904. Between 1904 and 1905, Ross represented Regina, Northwest Territories and after 1905 until his death, he continued to represent Regina after the creation of the province of Saskatchewan. From 1902 until his death, Ross was a member of the Liberal Party caucus.
James Hamilton Ross died in 1932 in Victoria, British Columbia.
- "Loss of a Liner" The Times (London). Tuesday, 20 August 1901. (36538), p. 8.
- "Yukon election results". Parliament of Canada. December 2, 1902. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "Expenses of Election". Vol III No. 42 (The Yukon Sun). February 17, 1903. p. 2.
- James Hamilton Ross Encyclopedia of Canada
- James Hamilton Ross - Canadian Confederation at www.collectionscanada.ca
|Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories|
Herbert Charles Wilson
|Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories
|Commissioner of the Yukon
Frederick Tennyson Congdon
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament Yukon