John Stevenson (Canadian politician)
|Preceded by||Riding established|
|Succeeded by||John Thomas Grange|
|1st Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
|Succeeded by||Richard William Scott|
August 12, 1812|
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
|Died||April 1, 1884
|Spouse(s)||Phoebe Eliza Hall (m. 1842)|
Born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Stevenson's family moved to New York State (likely to the Albany, New York area and finally to Upper Canada. He was educated in Brockville and taught school briefly. Stevenson worked in various trades before entering politics:
- flour mill operator
- foundry owner
- axe shopkeeper
- brush factory owner
- shipping company owner
In 1842, he married Phoebe Eliza Hall.
After his defeat in 1871 by John Thomas Grange, he ran for the Lennox seat in the Canadian House of Commons in 1872 as an independent, losing to Richard John Cartwright, formerly a Conservative, now a Liberal. In 1878, he campaigned on behalf of Cartwright. Stevenson died in Napanee, Ontario in 1884.
- Eadie, James A (1982). "Stevenson, John". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
- Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History
- Dale, Clare A (1992). Whose servant I am" : speakers of the assemblies of the province of Upper Canada, Canada and Ontario, 1792-1992. Toronto: Ontario Legislative Library. pp. 136–41.