Robert Blackburn (politician)

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Robert Blackburn
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Russell
In office
Preceded byJames Alexander Grant
Succeeded byJohn O'Connor
Personal details
Born(1828-12-17)December 17, 1828
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedAugust 12, 1894(1894-08-12) (aged 65)
Liverpool, England
Political partyLiberal

Robert Blackburn (December 17, 1828 – August 12, 1894) was a Scottish-Canadian businessman and politician. Blackburn served as a village reeve and Member of Parliament.[1]

Blackburn was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1828,[1] the son of Robert Blackburn,[2] and came to Canada in 1842. He became a lumber merchant and partner in woollen mills. He was reeve of Gloucester Township, Ontario in 1864. He was also reeve of New Edinburgh, Ontario from 1868 to 1870 and from 1871 to 1873.[3] In 1864, Blackburn married Mary Ann French.[2] He was Liberal Member of Parliament for Russell from 1874 to 1878.[1] Blackburn also served as a director of the Bank of Ottawa and the Ottawa Agricultural Insurance Company. Along with William Goodhue Perley and others, he helped establish the Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company, a horse-drawn tram service, in 1866.[3] He died in Liverpool, England at the age of 64.[2]

Blackburn Hamlet, Ontario was named after him.

His uncle, James Blackburn, represented the County of Ottawa in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada.


  1. ^ a b c Robert Blackburn – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  3. ^ a b The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1877, CH Mackintosh