David Stirton

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David Stirton (June 13, 1816 – August 16, 1908) was a Liberal member of the Canadian House of Commons representing Wellington South from 1867 to 1876.[1]

He was born in Angus, Scotland in 1816,[1] the son of James Stirton.[2] His family settled near the current site of Guelph, Ontario in Upper Canada around 1827. Stirton bought his own farm in 1841.[3] He served as reeve for Puslinch Township from 1853 to 1857[1] and was captain in the local militia. He represented South Wellington in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1858 to 1867.[3] He was elected in the same riding following Confederation and served until 1876, when he was appointed postmaster for Guelph.[1] Stirton died in Guelph at the age of 92.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1867
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal David STIRTON 963 59.6
Unknown STONE 652 40.4
Total valid votes 1,615 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1872: Wellington South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal David STIRTON acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal David STIRTON 1,667 78.1
Unknown H. HATCH 468 21.9
Total valid votes 2,135 100.0


  1. ^ a b c d David Stirton – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  3. ^ a b The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1875, HJ Morgan