Niagara (electoral district)

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Niagara electoral district compared to modern Niagara Regional Municipality.

Niagara was a federal electoral district in the Canadian province of Ontario, which was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1883. It is sometimes also considered one of Ontario's historic counties, as it was listed in some post-Confederation census records as a county of residence.

Niagara consisted of the Lincoln County townships of Niagara and Grantham, including the towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.

The electoral district was abolished in 1882 when it was merged into Lincoln and Niagara riding.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding elected the following members of the Canadian House of Commons:

  1. Angus Morrison, Conservative - 1867-1874
  2. Josiah Burr Plumb (first term), Conservative - 1874-1878
  3. Patrick Hughes, Liberal - 1878-1879
  4. Josiah Plumb (second term), Conservative - 1879-1882

Electoral history[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1867
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Angus Morrison 300
Unknown William Alexander Thomson 250
Canadian federal election, 1872
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Angus Morrison 300
Unknown J.M Currie 298
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Josiah Burr Plumb 336
Unknown J.M Currie 306

On election being declared void:

By-election on 22 December 1874
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Josiah Burr Plumb 354
Unknown Solomon John Johnson Brown 251
Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Patrick Hughes 312
Conservative Josiah Burr Plumb 310

On election being declared void:

By-election on 20 March 1879
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative PLUMB, Josiah Burr 310
Liberal HUGHES, Patrick 308

Mr. Hughes was disqualified; subsequently the Court struck off four votes from Mr. Hughes' list for bribery, thus giving the seat to Mr. Plumb by a majority of two.

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