James Ferrier (politician)

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The Hon.
James Ferrier
James Ferrier 2.jpg
4th Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded by Joseph Bourret
Succeeded by John Easton Mills
Member of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada for Victoria
In office
Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for Victoria
In office
Succeeded by Hugh Mackay
Senator for Shawinegan, Quebec
In office
Appointed by Royal Proclamation
Succeeded by Hippolyte Montplaisir
Personal details
Born 22 October 1800
Fife, Scotland
Died 30 May 1888(1888-05-30) (aged 87)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Profession merchant

James Ferrier (22 October 1800 – 30 May 1888) was a Scottish-Canadian politician.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Fife, Scotland, Ferrier migrated to Canada in 1821 and established himself in Montreal, Quebec, as a successful Scots-Quebecer merchant. He served as a city councillor of Montreal from 1841 to 1848.

In 1842, Ferrier took the lead in establishing the High School of Montreal, supported by William Lunn, William Collis Meredith, the Rev. Henry Esson,[1] and others, one of their purposes being to provide a solution to the growing influence of Anglicanism in education at the time. The new school opened in 1843.[2]

Ferrier became the fourth mayor of Montreal, holding office from 1844 to 1847. He served on the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada from 1847 until Confederation, after which he was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Royal Proclamation on 23 October 1867. He sat with the Conservative group and represented the Senatorial Division of Shawinegan until his death in 1888. From 1867 until his death he also served on the Legislative Council of Quebec, sitting for the division of Victoria.

Ferrier was chancellor of McGill University from 1884 to 1888. He is commemorated by Ferrier Street in northwestern Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal.


  1. ^ Elizabeth Ann Kerr McDougall, “ESSON, HENRY”, in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, volume 8 (University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003), accessed 28 December 2017
  2. ^ Peter E. Rider, Heather McNabb, Kingdom of the Mind: How the Scots Helped Make Canada (McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 5 Apr 2006), p. 273


Academic offices
Preceded by
Charles Dewey Day
Chancellor of McGill University
Succeeded by
Lord Strathcona