John Rankin (Canadian politician)

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John Rankin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Renfrew North
In office
Succeeded by Francis Hincks
Personal details
Born October 1820
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 3 September 1900(1900-09-03) (aged 79)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Margaret Stuart Johnston
Occupation hotelier, merchant

John Rankin (October 1820 – 3 September 1900) was a hotelier, merchant and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented Renfrew North in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1869 as a Conservative.[1]

He was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia,[1] the son of Colin Rankin and Mary Robertson, and was educated in Carleton, Nova Scotia. Rankin later settled in Cobden, Ontario. He married Margaret Johnston.[2] Rankin served six years as reeve of Ross Township. He resigned his seat in the House of Commons in 1869 to allow Francis Hincks to be elected.[1] Rankin was warden of Renfrew County from 1865 to 1866. He served as customs collector for Bowmanville from 1870 to 1895.[2]

He died after a long illness in 1900.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1867: North riding of Renfrew
Party Candidate Votes
     Conservative John Rankin 613
     Unknown Thomas Murray 527


  1. ^ a b c John Rankin (Canadian politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  3. ^ "Died at an Advanced Age.", '"The Globe, September 4, 1900