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Cartwright, Richard John, Sir

Born: 1835 AD
Died: 1912 AD
Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Politician

1835 – He was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario on the 4th of December.

1863 – He was elected as a Conservative Party member and supporter of John A. Macdonald in the Province of Canada’s legislative assembly.

1867 – The Province of Canada became part of the new Canadian confederation. Cartwright was elected to the newly-formed Canadian House of Commons, again as a Tory.

1869 – He broke with the Conservatives over Macdonald’s appointment of Sir Francis Hincks as Minister of Finance, and crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party of Canada.

1874 – In election, Cartwright was appointed Minister of Finance by Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie.

1878 – Cartwright returned to the opposition bench when the Liberals were defeated in the election.

1879 – He was awarded a knighthood.

1887 – In election, he represented the ridings of Oxford South.

1898 – He also served as a Canadian member of the Anglo-American Joint High Commission to resolve diplomatic problems between Canada and the US.

1902 – Cartwright was appointed to the Imperial Privy Council, which allowed him to use the honorific "Right Honourable".

1909 – He served as Leader of the Government in the Senate .

1911 – He served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

1912 – He died on the 24th of September.