1854 – Born on the 27th of November in Ontario, Canada.
1878 – Educated at the University of Toronto, and called to the Ontario Bar.
1903 – As the Canadian member of the Alaska Boundary Tribunal, he presented his country’s views in a minority report.
1905 – Elected to the Dominion parliament, he served in the cabinet of Sir Wilfred Laurier as postmaster-general.
– He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election.
1905-1906 – Served as Minister of Labour.
– He served Cabinet of Canada under Sir Wilfrid Laurier as the Minister of Labour and Postmaster General of Canada.
1906-1911 – Minister of Justice.
1908 – As the Member of Parliament for the riding of York North in the province of Ontario.
1910-1911 – He acted as British representative at the North Atlantic Fisheries Arbitration in The Hague, and was knighted for his services.
1923 – He was appointed to the Canadian Senate upon the recommendation of William Lyon Mackenzie King. He represented the senatorial division of North York, Ontario until his death.
1952 – Died on the 13th of February in Canada.