List of lieutenant governors of Ontario

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The following is a list of lieutenant governors of Ontario and the lieutenant governors of the former colony of Upper Canada. The office of Lieutenant Governor of Ontario was created in 1867, when the Province of Ontario was created upon Confederation.[1] The predecessor office, lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, was a British colonial officer, appointed by the British government to administer the government of the colony, from 1791 to 1841. (Prior to 1791, the territory which is now Ontario was part of the old Province of Quebec, which was administered by the colonial governors of the Province of Quebec.)

In 1841, the two provinces of Upper Canada and Lower Canada were abolished and merged into the new Province of Canada, with a single Parliament and Governor General. Upper Canada was known as Canada West, but did not have a separate government or lieutenant governor. It was simply an administrative division of the Province of Canada.

Prior to Confederation, the lieutenant governors of Upper Canada were either British colonial administrators or British Army officers. The first lieutenant governor of Ontario, General Sir Henry William Stisted, was the last British lieutenant governor. From 1868 onwards, only Canadians were appointed to the position.

Lieutenant governors of Upper Canada, 1791–1841[edit]

# Image Name Governor from Governor until
Lieutenant governors under King George III (1791 – 1820)
1 ColonelSimcoe.jpg John Graves Simcoe[2] 1791 1796
Admin. Peter Russell Portrait.jpg Peter Russell[3] 1796 1799
2 Peter Hunter[4] 1799 1805
Admin. Alexander Grant[5] 1805 1806
3 Francis Gore Portrait.jpg Francis Gore[6] Acting governors for Francis Gore 1806 1817
Image Name From Until
Isaac Brock portrait 1, from The Story of Isaac Brock (1908)-2.png Sir Isaac Brock KB 1811 1812
Rogerhalesheaffe.jpg Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe 1812 1813
Le baron de Rottenburg 1813
Gordon Drummond.jpg Sir Gordon Drummond 1813 1814
George Murray Portrait.jpg Sir George Murray GCB GCH 1815
Frederick Philipse Robinson Portrait.jpg Sir Frederick Philipse Robinson KCB GCH 1815
Admin. Samuel Smith.png Samuel Smith[7] 1817 1818
4 Peregrine Maitland Portrait.jpg Sir Peregrine Maitland[8] KCB GCH 1818
Lieutenant governors under King George IV (1820 – 1830)
4 Peregrine Maitland Portrait.jpg cont... 1828
5 John Colborne.jpg Sir John Colborne[9] GCB GCMG 1828
Lieutenant governors under King William IV (1830 – 1837)
5 John Colborne.jpg cont... 1836
6 Francis Bond Head.jpg Sir Francis Bond Head[10] KCH 1836
Lieutenant governors under Queen Victoria (1837 – 1841)
6 Francis Bond Head.jpg cont... 1838
7 Major-General Sir George Arthur.jpg Sir George Arthur[11] KCH 1838 1839
8 Lord Sydenham.jpg The Lord Sydenham[12] PC 1839 1841

Lieutenant governors of Ontario, 1867–present[13][edit]

# Image Name Governor from Governor until
Lieutenant governors under Queen Victoria (1867 – 1901)
11 1 Henry William Stisted Portrait.jpg Henry William Stisted CB 1867 1868
12 2 WilliamPearceHowland23.jpg William Pearce Howland PC 1868 1873
13 3 JohnWilloughbyCrawford23.jpg John Willoughby Crawford QC 1873 1875
Admin. William Buell Richards.jpg Sir William Buell Richards PC 1875
14 4 DonaldAlexanderMacdonald23.jpg Donald Alexander Macdonald PC 1875 1880
15 5 Sir John Beverley Robinson.jpg John Beverley Robinson 1880 1887
16 6 Sir Alexander Campbell.jpg Sir Alexander Campbell PC KCMG QC 1887 1892
Admin. John Hawkins Hagarty.png Sir John Hawkins Hagarty 1892
17 7 GeorgeAireyKirkpatrick23.jpg George Airey Kirkpatrick PC QC 1892 1896
Admin. Kazimierz Gzowski.jpg Sir Kazimierz Stanislaus Gzowski KCMG 1896 1897
18 8 Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Sir Oliver Mowat Photo B (HS85-10-13453).jpg Sir Oliver Mowat PC GCMG QC 1897
Lieutenant governors under King Edward VII (1901 – 1910)
18 8 Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Sir Oliver Mowat Photo B (HS85-10-13453).jpg cont... 1903
Admin. Charles Moss 1902.jpg Sir Charles Moss 1903
19 9 William-Mortimer-Clark.png Sir William Mortimer Clark KCMG KC 1903 1908
20 10 John Morison Gibson (close up).jpg Sir John Morison Gibson KCMG KC 1908
Lieutenant governors under King George V (1910 – 1936)
20 10 John Morison Gibson (close up).jpg cont... 1914
21 11 John Strathearn Hendrie.jpg Sir John Strathearn Hendrie KCMG CVO 1914 1919
22 12 Lionel Herbert Clarke 1919 1921
Admin. William Ralph Meredith.png Sir William Ralph Meredith QC 1921
23 13 Henry Cockshutt.jpg Henry Cockshutt 1921 1927
24 14 William Donald Ross.jpg William Donald Ross 1927 1931
Admin. WilliamMulock.jpeg Sir William Mulock PC KCMG 1931 1932
25 15 Herbert Alexander Bruce.jpg Herbert Alexander Bruce 1932
Lieutenant governors under King Edward VIII (1936)
25 15 Herbert Alexander Bruce.jpg cont...
Lieutenant governors under King George VI (1936 – 1952)
25 15 Herbert Alexander Bruce.jpg cont... 1937
26 16 Albert Matthews.jpg Albert Edward Matthews 1937 1946
27 17 Ray Lawson.jpg Frank Ray Lawson OBE 1946
Lieutenant governors under Queen Elizabeth II (1952 – present)
27 17 Ray Lawson.jpg cont... 1952
28 18 Coat of arms of Ontario.svg Louis Orville Breithaupt 1952 1957
29 19 Official Portrait of the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, John Keiller MacKay, by Moshe Matus.jpg John Keiller MacKay PC OC DSO VD QC 1957 1963
30 20 Coat of arms of Ontario.svg William Earl Rowe PC 1963 1968
31 21 William Ross Macdonald.jpg William Ross Macdonald PC CD QC 1968 1974
32 22 Coat of arms of Ontario.svg Pauline Mills McGibbon OC 1974 1980
33 23 Coat of arms of Ontario.svg John Black Aird OC QC 1980 1985
34 24 Lincoln Alexander.jpg Lincoln MacCauley Alexander PC OOnt CD QC 1985 1991
35[† 1] 25 Coat of arms of Ontario.svg Henry Newton Rowell Jackman CM OOnt 1991 1997
36 26 Hilary M. Weston.jpg Hillary Mary Weston OOnt 1997 2002
37 27 JamesBartlemanSpeakingAtYPI-LeadersTodayEvent (cropped).JPG James Karl Bartleman OOnt 2002 2007
38 28 David C. Onley, 2008.jpg David Charles Onley OOnt 2007 2014
39 29 Dowdeswell Throne.jpg Elizabeth Dowdeswell OC OOnt 2014
  1. ^ Colour denotes living former lieutenant governors

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constitution Act, 1867, s. 58.
  2. ^ R. Mealing, Stanley (1 February 2017). "John Graves Simcoe". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  3. ^ Firth, Edith G. (2003). "Biography - RUSSEL, PETER - Volume V". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Biography - HUNTER, PETER". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. 2003. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ Whitfield, Carol (2003). "Biography - GRANT, ALEXANDER". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  6. ^ Mealing, S. R. (2003). "GORE, FRANCIS". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ Mealing, S. R. (2003). "Smith, Samuel". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ Bowsfield, Hartwell (2003). "MAITLAND, Sir PEREGRINE". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  9. ^ Wilson, Alan (2003). "COLBORNE, JOHN". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  10. ^ Wise, S.F. (2003). "Head, Sir Francis Bond". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  11. ^ Buckner, Philip (2003). "ARTHUR, GEORGE". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  12. ^ "THOMSON, CHARLES EDWARD POULETT". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. 2003. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  13. ^ "History - Lieutenant Governor Of Ontario". Lieutenant governor of ontario. 2020.

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