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Robert B. Dickey

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The Hon.

Robert Barry Dickey
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Senator for Amherst, Nova Scotia
In office
October 23, 1867 – July 14, 1903
Appointed byRoyal Proclamation
Member of the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia
In office
Personal details
Born(1811-11-10)November 10, 1811
Amherst, Nova Scotia
DiedJuly 14, 1903(1903-07-14) (aged 91)
Political partyConservative
RelationsRobert McGowan Dickie, father
ChildrenArthur Rupert Dickey, Mary Dickey

Robert Barry Dickey (November 10, 1811 – July 14, 1903) was a participant in the conferences leading to the Canadian Confederation of 1867 and is therefore considered to be one of the Fathers of Confederation.[1]

Born in Amherst, the son of Robert McGowan Dickey and Eleanor Chapman,[2] he was educated at Windsor Academy and later studied law with Alexander Stewart. He was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1834, and to the New Brunswick bar in 1835. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1863. He served as both judge and registrar of probate in Cumberland County for 20 years. In 1844, he married Mary Blair, one of Alexander Stewart's daughters. Dickey was a director of the Nova Scotia Electric Telegraph Company and consular agent for the United States at Amherst.

From 1858-1867, Dickey was appointed to the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia. In 1867, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada[3] representing the senatorial division of Amherst, Nova Scotia. A Conservative, he served until his death in 1903.

His son Arthur Rupert Dickey served as a member of the House of Commons.

His daughter Mary married the English landscape architect Henry Ernest Milner.


  1. ^ "The Fathers of Confederation". Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ The Canadian biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self-made men ... (1881)
  3. ^ "Dickey, Robert Barry National Historic Person". March 15, 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved September 28, 2013.

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