Joseph Benjamin Prince

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Joseph Benjamin Prince
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Joseph Benjamin Prince (April 29, 1855 – October 25, 1920) was a farmer, rancher and political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada. He represented Battleford in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1898 to 1905 as an Independent. Prince sat as a Liberal for Saskatchewan division in the Senate of Canada from 1909 to 1920 following his appointment by Sir Wilfrid Laurier.[1]

He was born in St-Grégoire, Canada East, the son of Benjamin Prince and Louise Bourdage. He worked with a surveying corps for a time, then went to Winnipeg with his brother. He later moved further west to Battleford. Prince built the first sawmill there and, with a partner, the first flour mill. He also raised livestock and opened a department store in Battleford in 1898. In 1887, he married Ernestine Brassard. Prince served in the Home Guard during the North-West Rebellion. He was mayor of Battleford from 1907 to 1909.[2] Prince died in office at the age of 65.[1]

His son Paul later served in the Saskatchewan assembly.


  1. ^ a b * Joseph Benjamin Prince – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Hawkes, John (1924). The story of Saskatchewan and its people. Volume 2. pp. 1160–4. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 

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