John Stevenson (Canadian politician)

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John Stevenson
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Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Riding established
Succeeded by John Thomas Grange
Constituency Lennox
1st Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
In office
Succeeded by Richard William Scott
Personal details
Born (1812-08-12)August 12, 1812
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Died April 1, 1884(1884-04-01) (aged 71)
Napanee, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Phoebe Eliza Hall (m. 1842)
Occupation Merchant

John Stevenson (August 12, 1812 – April 1, 1884) was the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1867 to 1871[1] and served as Conservative MPP for Lennox from 1867 to 1871.[2]

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
  • lumberman
  • shipping company owner

In 1842, he married Phoebe Eliza Hall.[1]

Stevenson also served as a justice of the peace and as reeve for Napanee. From 1863 to 1865, he was warden for Lennox and Addington County.[3]

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.[1] Stevenson died in Napanee, Ontario in 1884.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Eadie, James A (1982). "Stevenson, John". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 
  2. ^ Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History
  3. ^ a b 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. 

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