Robert Smith (Canadian politician)
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|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||John Hillyard Cameron|
|Succeeded by||William Elliott|
April 11, 1819|
County Armagh, Ireland
|Died||September 19, 1900
Robert Smith (April 11, 1819 – September 19, 1900) was a Canadian politician and farmer.
Born in County Armagh, Ireland, Smith immigrated to British North America with his family in 1828 and settled in the Home District of Canada West, which was to become the County of Peel in Ontario, where he became a farmer. In 1847, he married Eliza Jane McCandless. Smith served on the councils for Chinguacousy Township and Peel County. He was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1867. Smith was narrowly elected to the 2nd Canadian Parliament in the 1872 federal election defeating the Conservative incumbent, John Hillyard Cameron, by 16 votes. He sat as a Liberal representing the riding of Peel and was re-elected in the 1874 election that brought the Liberal Party to power but defeated in the 1878 election that returned a Conservative government. Smith died in Brampton at the age of 81.
- The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1878 CH Mackintosh
- Municipal Experience, Parliamentary biography
- Peel electoral results
- Parliamentary biography
- Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
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