Stewart Campbell (politician)

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Stewart Campbell
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Guysborough
In office
Succeeded by John Angus Kirk
MLA for Guysborough County
In office
Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
Preceded by William Young
Succeeded by John Chipman Wade
Personal details
Born (1812-05-05)May 5, 1812
Died February 20, 1885(1885-02-20) (aged 72)
Guysborough, Nova Scotia
Political party Anti-Confederate, Liberal-Conservative
Occupation lawyer

Stewart Campbell (May 5, 1812 – February 20, 1885) was a Canadian lawyer and politician and a member of the Anti-Confederation Party.

Born in Jamaica, he studied law in England and completed his legal training in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying with William Young. He practiced law in Halifax and then, some time before 1842, moved to Guysborough, where he also served as a surrogate judge. Campbell represented Guysborough County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1851 to 1867. He was speaker for the assembly from 1856 to 1863. From 1863 to 1865, Campbell served on a commission to consolidate the statutes for Nova Scotia. On September 20, 1867, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the first member to represent the riding of Guysborough. He was re-elected for a second term on October 12, 1872, but was defeated in an election on January 22, 1874.[1]

Having been opposed to Nova Scotia's entry into the Confederation of Canada in 1860s debates, he remained a member of the Anti-Confederation Party through his first year in office, which was in favour of reversing the decision to join the Confederation. In September 1868 he joined the Liberal-Conservative Party when the Anti-Confederation Party began to collapse, the first MP in Canadian history to cross the floor of Parliament.[2] Spending his last years as a court county judge, he died on February 20, 1885.


  1. ^ "Biography – CAMPBELL, STEWART – Volume XI (1881-1890) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  2. ^ "A brief history of floor crossing in Ottawa". Global News. Retrieved 2015-10-30.