Patrick Power (Canadian politician)

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Patrick Power
Patrick Power.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halifax
In office
1867–1872
Serving with Alfred Gilpin Jones
Succeeded by William Johnston Almon
Stephen Tobin
In office
1874–1878
Serving with Alfred Gilpin Jones
Preceded by William Johnston Almon
Stephen Tobin
Succeeded by Matthew Henry Richey
Malachy Bowes Daly
Personal details
Born (1815-03-17)March 17, 1815
Kilmacthomas, County Waterford (Republic of Ireland)
Died February 23, 1881(1881-02-23) (aged 65)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Anti-Confederate (1867-1869)
Liberal Party of Canada (1869-1870)
Independent Liberal (1870-1878)
Children Lawrence Geoffrey Power

Patrick Power (March 17, 1815 – February 23, 1881) was a Canadian politician and a member of the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Halifax in Nova Scotia. He was born on March 17, 1815 at Kilmacthomas in County Waterford, Ireland. He immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1823 with his parents and later worked as a merchant in Canada.

He was first elected as a member of the Anti-Confederation Party on September 20, 1867. On January 30, 1869, he became a member of the Liberal Party, but in 1870 he became an Independent Liberal. He ran for re-election and lost on October 12, 1872. He was re-elected to the 3rd Canadian Parliament on January 22, 1874, but he was defeated in the next election on September 17, 1878.

In 1876, he was offered a position in Alexander Mackenzie's Cabinet to replace Thomas Coffin, but he declined. He retired from politics in 1877 and died on February 23, 1881. During life, he worked on various boards and commissions themed with the education and welfare of the poor. For his charity work, he was awarded the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Pius IX in 1870. His son, Lawrence Geoffrey Power, was a member of the Senate. The Patrick Power Library at St. Mary's University in Halifax bears his namesake.

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