John Holmes (Ontario politician)

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John Holmes (1828 – 24 September 1879) was a Canadian politician and surveyor.[1]

He was born in Newtownforbes, County Longford, Ireland in 1828,[1] the son of Alexander Holmes, and was educated in Ireland. He came to Upper Canada in 1846 and settled in Huntley Township where he became a provincial land surveyor. He married Eliza Graham. Holmes served seven years as reeve for the township and was also warden for Carleton County for five years.[2] He served as captain in the local militia from 1866 to 1875. Elected in the Canadian federal election of 1867, he served as the Liberal-Conservative Member of Parliament representing the riding of Carleton in the province of Ontario. He was defeated in the 1872 and 1874 elections, and never again sat in parliament.[1] He died in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1879.[2]


  1. ^ a b c John Holmes – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.