|15th Speaker of the Legislative Council|
|Preceded by||Charles John Johnston|
|Succeeded by||Mark Fagan|
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Parliament of New Zealand|
He married a daughter of R. Johnston in 1883.
He represented the Taieri electorate from 1890 to 1902, when he retired. He was opposed to women's suffrage and in 1891 deliberately moved an amendment that was intended to make the bill fail in the Legislative Council. His amendment was for women to become eligible to be voted into the House of Representatives. This infuriated the suffragette Catherine Fulton, who organised a protest at the 1893 election.
He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 18 March 1903 by the Liberal Government, and at the expiry of his seven-year terms, he was reappointed five times; on 18 March 1910, on 17 March 1917 & 17 March 1924 by the Reform Government; 17 March 1931 by the United Government; and 16 March 1938 by the First Labour Government. His district was Taranaki, and then Eltham from 1917.
He served on the Council until his death. He was elected Chairman of Committees on 6 July 1910 and served in this role until 1 November 1918, when he became Speaker, succeeding the deceased Charles John Johnston. He remained Speaker until 18 July 1939, when he was succeeded by Labour's Mark Fagan during the time of the First Labour Government.
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- Wilson 1985, p. 188.
- Entwisle, Rosemary. "Fulton, Catherine Henrietta Elliot - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Wilson 1985, p. 151.
- Wilson 1985, p. 169.
- Wilson 1985, p. 168.
- "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Taieri
|Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Council
Charles John Johnston
|Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council