Robert Smith (Canadian politician)

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Robert Smith
Robert Smith MP.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Peel
In office
Preceded by John Hillyard Cameron
Succeeded by William Elliott
Personal details
Born (1819-04-11)April 11, 1819
County Armagh, Ireland
Died September 19, 1900(1900-09-19) (aged 81)
Brampton, Ontario
Political party Liberal

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[1] 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.[1] Smith served on the councils for Chinguacousy Township and Peel County.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1867.[1] Smith was narrowly elected to the 2nd Canadian Parliament in the 1872 federal election defeating the Conservative incumbent, John Hillyard Cameron, by 16 votes.[3] 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.[4] Smith died in Brampton at the age of 81.[5]


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