Richard Chapman Weldon

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Richard C. Weldon
Richard Chapman Weldon portrait.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Albert
In office
February 22, 1887 – June 23, 1896
Preceded by John Wallace
Succeeded by William James Lewis
1st Dean of Dalhousie Law School
In office
Succeeded by Donald Alexander MacRae
Personal details
Born (1849-01-19)January 19, 1849
Sussex, New Brunswick
Died November 26, 1925(1925-11-26) (aged 76)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sarah Maria Tuttle
Profession Attorney, Professor, Politician

Richard Chapman Weldon (January 19, 1849 – November 26, 1925) was a Canadian professor, lawyer and political figure in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He represented Albert in the Canadian House of Commons from 1887 to 1896 as a Conservative member.

The Weldon Law Building at Dalhousie University was named for Richard Chapman Weldon, first Dean of the law school there.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Sussex, New Brunswick, the son of Richard Chapman Weldon and Catherine Geldart. He was educated at Mount Allison Wesleyan College and taught school for two years. Weldon returned to Mount Allison, receiving an M.A. in economics. He went on to study at Yale College, where he received a PhD in political science in 1872, and Rupert Charles University in Germany.


In 1875, he returned to Mount Allison as professor of mathematics and political economy. In 1883, he became professor of law at Dalhousie University and helped establish the law school there. In 1884, he was called to the Nova Scotia bar. In 1887, Weldon, who owned property in New Brunswick, was elected to the House of Commons. Weldon married Louisa Frances Hare in 1893 after the death of his first wife. He helped developed legislation which established conditions for extradition of American fugitives in Canada convicted of crimes in the United States, then referred to as the Weldon Act. Weldon was unsuccessful in bids for reelection in 1896, 1900 and 1906.


On November 26, 1925, he died in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at the age of 76.

Personal life[edit]

On July 11, 1877, he married Sarah Maria Tuttle and they remained married until her death in 1892.[1] He then married Louisa Frances Hare on December 28, 1893. His grandson, Richard L. Weldon, was a provincial politician and lawyer.


Dalhousie Law School established the Weldon Award in 1983 to recognize outstanding accomplishment by a graduate.


  1. ^ Biography - WELDON, RICHARD CHAPMAN Canadian Biography