John Willoughby Crawford

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The Hon.
John Willoughby Crawford
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for East Toronto
In office
Preceded by Amos Wright
Succeeded by Alexander Mortimer Smith
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Leeds South
In office
1867 – 1872
Succeeded by Albert Norton Richards
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for West Toronto
In office
1872 – 4 November 1873
Preceded by Robert Alexander Harrison
Succeeded by Thomas Moss
3rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
In office
12 November 1873 – 13 May 1875
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Earl of Dufferin
Premier Oliver Mowat
Preceded by William Pearce Howland
Succeeded by Donald Alexander Macdonald
Personal details
Born (1817-08-26)26 August 1817
Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland
Died 13 May 1875(1875-05-13) (aged 57)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative

John Willoughby Crawford QC (26 August 1817 – 13 May 1875) served as the third Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada from 1873 to 1875.

Born in 1817 in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland, the son of George Crawford, John Crawford came to Upper Canada as a child when his family settled in Brockville. He married Helen Sherwood of Toronto. A lawyer by profession, Crawford served as president of the Royal Canadian Bank and was solicitor for the Grand Trunk Railway. In 1867, he was appointed Queen's Counsel.[1] He also became president of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway in 1868 and also served as a director of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway.[2]

Crawford was member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for East Toronto from 1861 to 1863. He then served as a House of Commons of Canada from 1867 to 1873, and supported representation by population. On the day his government resigned in 1873, The Right Honourable Sir John A. Macdonald appointed Crawford Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

In the months leading to his death, Crawford's health was poor. following several months of ill health.[3] He died on 13 May 1875 at Government House, his official residence.[2] His funeral service was conducted at St. James Cathedral with interment at a vault belonging to his wife's family.[4]


  1. ^ Morgan, Henry J (1871). Canadian Parliamentary Companion. 
  2. ^ a b "Crawford, John Willoughby". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Death of the Lieutenant-Governor". The Globe. 14 May 1875. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "The Late Lieut.-Governor / Public Funeral / Imposing Ceremonies". The Globe. 19 May 1875. p. 1. 

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