Edward Barron Chandler
|Edward Barron Chandler|
Edward Barron Chandler
|5th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick|
July 11, 1878 – February 6, 1880
|Governor General||The Earl of Dufferin
Marquess of Lorne
|Premier||John James Fraser|
|Preceded by||Samuel Leonard Tilley|
|Succeeded by||Robert Duncan Wilmot|
|Government Leader of New Brunswick|
May 1848 – November 1, 1854
|Lieutenant Governor||Sir Edmund Walker Head, Bt
Sir John Manners-Sutton
|Preceded by||New position|
|Succeeded by||Charles Fisher|
August 22, 1800|
Amherst, Nova Scotia
|Died||February 6, 1880
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Chandler was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia and moved to New Brunswick to study law. He moved to Dorchester, New Brunswick and served in the colony's government. In 1827 he was elected to the New Brunswick legislature as an opponent of responsible government and later served on the province's Legislative Council (the legislature's Upper House) and in Cabinet serving as leader of the "compact" government that ruled the colony from 1848 to 1854 prior to the institution of responsible government.
In 1836 Chandler became a member of New Brunswick's Legislative Council.
Later, Chandler was a New Brunswick delegate to the conferences in London, Charlottetown, and Quebec that led to Canadian confederation. Though he supported the federal Conservatives of Sir John A. Macdonald he was a cautious supporter who opposed a strong central government.
Chandler was a supporter of railway development and was instrumental as a federally appointed commissioner overseeing construction of the Intercolonial Railway in having its surveys diverted from a direct route between Amherst and Moncton to run through his community of Dorchester. He also supported the policy of reciprocity with the United States. He refused an appointment to the Canadian Senate but accepted an appointment as the fifth Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick in 1878. He died in Fredericton in 1880.
- "Fathers of Confederation". www.canadahistory.com. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- "Chandler, Edward Barron National Historic Person". Parks Canada. 2012-03-15. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Chandler House / Rocklyn. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 11 February 2012.