Edward Barron Chandler

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Edward Barron Chandler
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Edward Barron Chandler
5th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
July 11, 1878 – February 6, 1880
Governor GeneralThe Earl of Dufferin
Marquess of Lorne
PremierJohn James Fraser
Preceded bySamuel Leonard Tilley
Succeeded byRobert Duncan Wilmot
Government Leader of New Brunswick
In office
May 1848 – November 1, 1854
Lieutenant GovernorSir Edmund Walker Head, Bt
Sir John Manners-Sutton
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byCharles Fisher
Personal details
Born(1800-08-22)August 22, 1800
Amherst, Nova Scotia
DiedFebruary 6, 1880(1880-02-06) (aged 79)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Political partyConservatives

Edward Barron Chandler (August 22, 1800 – February 6, 1880) was a New Brunswick politician and lawyer from a United Empire Loyalist family. He was one of the Fathers of Confederation.[1]

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 Senate of Canada but accepted an appointment as the fifth Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick in 1878.[2] He died in Fredericton in 1880.

Chandler was a Freemason of Sussex Lodge, No. 480 (England).[3]

Chandler's home in Dorchester, Chandler House or Rocklyn, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1971.[4]

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  1. ^ "Fathers of Confederation". www.canadahistory.com. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Chandler, Edward Barron National Historic Person". Parks Canada. 2012-03-15. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Michael Jenkyns (July 2017). "Canada's Sesquicentennial - Freemasonry and Confederation". Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  4. ^ Chandler House / Rocklyn. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 11 February 2012.