Charles Dalton

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The Honourable
Charles Dalton
K.C., S.G.
Charles Dalton.PNG
13th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
In office
November 29, 1930 – December 9, 1933
Monarch George V
Governor General The Earl of Willingdon
The Earl of Bessborough
Premier Walter Lea
James D. Stewart
William J. P. MacMillan
Preceded by Frank Richard Heartz
Succeeded by George Des Brisay de Blois
MLA (Councillor) for 1st Prince
In office
January 3, 1912 – July 24, 1919
Preceded by John Agnew
Succeeded by Christopher Metherall
Personal details
Born (1850-06-09)June 9, 1850
Tignish, Prince Edward Island
Died December 9, 1933(1933-12-09) (aged 83)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Annie Gavin (m. 1874)
Children C. Howard M.D., Freda, Nora, Julia P., Florence, Edith, Irene, Gerald, Zita, Joseph Arnold, Catherine, and Mary B.
Residence Tignish, Prince Edward Island
Occupation businessman, philanthropist, druggist, farmer, and tox breeder
Profession Politician
Cabinet Minister without Portfolio (1915-1919)

Sir Charles Dalton (June 9, 1850[1] – December 9, 1933) was a Prince Edward Island businessman, politician and philanthropist.


Charles Dalton was born at Tignish, Prince Edward Island, the son of Patrick Dalton and Margaret McCarthy.[1] He first worked as a farmer and then a druggist. He married Anne Gavin in 1874.

Dalton earned his fortune through silver fox breeding, in the process making the island the centre of the world's trade in the fur-bearing animal.[1] He Dalton used his fortune to purchase the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper.[2] He served as a Conservative[2] provincial cabinet minister[3] and then the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island from 1930 until his death in 1933.

During World War I, he donated a motor ambulance to the Canadian government. He also built a school in his home town of Tignish. In 1916, he was named a Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great[1]

Dalton became devoted to the fight against tuberculosis after losing a daughter to the disease, donating funds to allow for the construction of a sanatorium on the island which was named in his honour.[4]


  1. ^ a b Gary MacDougall, "Our History"[permanent dead link], Charlottetown Guardian, accessed May 6, 2008
  2. ^ "Fox Thieves Caught", TIME Magazine, March 17, 1930
  3. ^ "Tuberculosis History in Canada: Sir Charles Dalton" Archived April 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Canadian Lung Association