Francis H. Burton

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Francis Henry Burton (1817 – July 28, 1872) was an Ontario businessman and political figure. He represented Durham East in the 1st Canadian Parliament as a Conservative member.[1]

He was born in Galway, Ireland in 1817,[1] the son of the Rev. James Edmund Burton and his first wife. His father brought the family to Canada when he was a child[2] and he was educated at Chambly, Quebec.[3] He operated a mill and distillery in Port Hope. He married Ann Brown, becoming brother-in-law to his step-brother, Henry Howard Meredith. Burton ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1851[2] and then represented the East riding of Durham from 1854 to 1861.[3] He was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1861 and 1863. He died in office at Port Hope in 1872.[2]


  1. ^ a b Francis H. Burton – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c 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, 1871, HJ Morgan