1818 – Born in Edinburgh on the 29th of November.
1837 – He emigrated to New York City.
1843 – He moved to Toronto, where he began publication of the Banner, a newspaper supporting the newly formed Free Church of Scotland.
1853 – He began to issue The Globe, a weekly Reform political journal.
1857 – He entered the Canadian Parliament as an independent Liberal for Kent County.
1858 – Rebuilt the Canada West Liberal Party and briefly held office as prime minister.
1865 – 1867 – He resigned from the government and never again sat in the House of Commons, though he sought reelection.
1873 – He entered the Senate.
1874 – Helped negotiate a new reciprocity treaty with the United States.
1880 – Died in Toronto on the 9th of May.