Thomas Barnard Flint

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Thomas Barnard Flint
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4th Clerk of the House of Commons
In office
Preceded bySir John George Bourinot
Succeeded byWilliam Barton Northrup
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byJohn Lovitt
Succeeded byBowman Brown Law
Personal details
Born(1847-04-28)April 28, 1847
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
DiedApril 8, 1919(1919-04-08) (aged 71)
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Alma mater

Thomas Barnard Flint (April 28, 1847 – April 8, 1919) was a Canadian lawyer and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Yarmouth in the House of Commons of Canada from 1891 to 1902 as a Liberal member.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia,[1] the son of John Flint and Anne Barnard,[2] and was educated at the Wesleyan Academy in Sackville, New Brunswick and Harvard University.[3] He married Mary Ella Dane.[citation needed]


He was called to the bar in 1872 and set up practice in Yarmouth.[2] In 1874, Flint married Mary E. Dane. He was high sheriff for Yarmouth County from 1883 to 1886.[3]

Political career[edit]

Flint was assistant clerk for the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1887 to 1891.[2] He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the provincial assembly in 1873 and 1882[3] and ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Commons in 1878. In 1902, Flint was named Clerk of the House of Commons and resigned his seat.[1] He served in that post until 1918. He died the following year in Yarmouth at the age of 71.[4]

He was editor of Bourinot's Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, 3rd edition, published in 1903.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Thomas Barnard Flint – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c Allison, D & Tuck, CE History of Nova Scotia, Vol. 3 (1916) pp. 592-3
  3. ^ a b c The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1891, JA Gemmill
  4. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.