James Yeo (politician)

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This article is about the Canadian Member of Parliament. For the Royal Navy Commodore during the War of 1812, see James Lucas Yeo.

James Yeo (October 31, 1827–February 13, 1903) was a merchant, ship builder, ship owner, and Canadian Member of Parliament for Prince Edward Island, representing Prince County beginning in 1873 when Prince Edward Island joined Canadian Confederation and serving until 1891.[1]

Yeo was born in Port Hill, Prince Edward Island,[1] the son of James Yeo, who was a native of Cornwall, England,[2] and Damaris Sargent. In 1855, he married Sarah Jane Glover.[3] He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island representing 2nd Prince from 1872 to 1873 and was a member of the Executive Council. He was elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal member.[1] Yeo lived most of his life in Port Hill and died in Wellington at the age of 75.[4]

His brother John succeeded him as the member for Prince County in the House of Commons and later served in the Senate.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Entry at the Parliament of Canada web site
  2. ^ White, G. Pawley, A Handbook of Cornish Surnames.(Penrose mentioned by name)
  3. ^ The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1878, CH Mackintosh
  4. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.