James Dew Chaplin

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The Hon.
James Dew Chaplin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lincoln
In office
Preceded by Edward Arthur Lancaster
Succeeded by Norman Lockhart
Personal details
Born (1863-03-20)March 20, 1863
Toronto, Canada West
Died August 23, 1937(1937-08-23) (aged 74)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Political party Conservative
Relations Alexander Dew Chaplin, brother
Children Gordon Chaplin
Edna Anderson, Granddaughter
Cabinet Minister of Trade and Commerce (1926)

James Dew Chaplin, PC (March 20, 1863 – August 23, 1937) was a Canadian politician.[1]

Born in Toronto, Canada West,[1] the son of William Lamont Chaplin and Harriet Dew,[2] Chaplin was educated at the Public Schools and St. Catharines Collegiate Institute. A manufacturer in St. Catharines, Ontario, he was president of the Chaplin Wheel Company, Canada Axe and Harvest Tool Company, and the Wallingford Manufacturing Company.[3] Chaplin served four years as a member of St. Catharines city council.[1]

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Lincoln in the 1917 federal election. A Conservative, he was re-elected in 1921, 1925, 1926, and 1930. In 1926, he was the Minister of Trade and Commerce in the short lived cabinet of Arthur Meighen.[1]

In 1888, Chaplin married Edna Elizabeth Burgess. He died in St. Catharines at the age of 74.[2]

His brother Alexander Dew, his son Gordon and his granddaughter Edna Anderson also served in the House of Commons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e James Dew Chaplin – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  3. ^ "A cyclopædia of Canadian biography". Internet Archive.