2nd Parliament of Ontario

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The Second Parliament of Ontario was in session from March 21, 1871, until December 23, 1874, just prior to the 1875 general election. The majority party was the Ontario Liberal Party led by Edward Blake; Oliver Mowat replaced Blake as premier in October 1872. An act was passed in 1872 which prohibited a member from holding a seat in the Legislative Assembly while holding a seat in the Dominion Parliament, a so-called "dual mandate". There were 88 members in the second legislature.

Richard William Scott served as speaker for the assembly until he was named to cabinet on December 21, 1871. James George Currie succeeded Scott as speaker, serving until his resignation on March 29, 1873. Rupert Mearse Wells then succeeded Currie as speaker.[1]

Riding Member Party
Addington Hammel Madden Deroche Liberal
Algoma Frederick William Cumberland Conservative
Bothwell Archibald McKellar Liberal
Brant Hugh Finlayson Liberal
Brant South Edmund Burke Wood[nb 1] Conservative
Arthur Sturgis Hardy (1873) Liberal
Brockville and Elizabethtown William Fitzsimmons Conservative
Bruce North Donald Sinclair Liberal
Bruce South Edward Blake [nb 1] Liberal
Rupert Mearse Wells (1872) Liberal
Cardwell George McManus Conservative-Liberal
Carleton George William Monk Conservative
Cornwall John Sandfield MacDonald[nb 2] Conservative
John Goodall Snetsinger (1872) Liberal
Dundas Simon S. Cook Liberal
Durham East Arthur Trefusis Heneage Williams Conservative
Durham West Edward Blake [nb 1] Liberal
John McLeod (1872) Liberal
Elgin East John Henry Wilson Liberal
Elgin West Thomas Hodgins Liberal
Essex Albert Prince Liberal
Frontenac Delino Dexter Calvin Conservative
Glengarry James Craig Conservative
Grenville South Mcneil Clarke[nb 3] Conservative
Christopher Finlay Fraser (1872) Liberal
Grey North Thomas Scott Conservative
Grey South Abram William Lauder Conservative
Haldimand Jacob Baxter Liberal
Halton William Barber Liberal
Hamilton James Miller Williams Liberal
Hastings East Henry Corby Conservative
Hastings North George Henry Boulter Conservative
Hastings West Ketchum Graham Conservative
Huron North Thomas Gibson Liberal
Huron South Robert Gibbons[nb 4] Liberal
Archibald Bishop (1873) Liberal
Kent James Dawson Liberal
Kingston William Robinson Conservative
Lambton Timothy Blair Pardee Liberal
Lanark North Daniel Galbraith[nb 5] Liberal
William Clyde Caldwell (1872) Liberal
Lanark South Abraham Code Conservative
Leeds North and Grenville North Henry Merrick Conservative
Leeds South Herbert Stone MacDonald [nb 6] Conservative
John Godkin Giles (1873) Conservative
Lennox John Thomas Grange Conservative
Lincoln John Charles Rykert Conservative
London John Carling[nb 1] Conservative
William Ralph Meredith (1872) Conservative
Middlesex East Richard Tooley Conservative
Middlesex North James Sinclair Smith Liberal
Middlesex West Alexander Mackenzie [nb 1] Liberal
John Watterworth (1872) Liberal
Monck Lachlin McCallum [nb 1] Conservative
Henry Ryan Haney (1872) Liberal
Niagara Stephen Richards Conservative
Norfolk North John Fitzgerald Clarke Liberal
Norfolk South Simpson McCall Liberal
Northumberland East William Wilson Webb Liberal
Northumberland West Alexander Fraser Liberal
Charles Gifford (1872) Conservative
Ontario North Thomas Paxton Liberal
Ontario South Abram Farewell Liberal
Ottawa Richard William Scott [nb 7] Liberal
Daniel John O'Donoghue (1874) Liberal
Oxford North George Perry [nb 8] Liberal
Oliver Mowat (1872) Liberal
Oxford South Adam Oliver Liberal
Peel John Coyne[nb 9] Conservative
Kenneth Chisholm (1873) Liberal
Perth North Andrew Monteith[nb 10] Conservative
Thomas Mayne Daly (1874) Conservative
Perth South Thomas B. Guest Conservative
Peterborough East George Read Conservative
Peterborough West Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn [nb 11] Liberal
William Hepburn Scott (1874) Conservative
Prescott George Wellesley Hamilton Conservative
Prince Edward James Simeon McCuaig[nb 12] Conservative
Gideon Striker Liberal
Renfrew North Thomas Deacon Conservative
Renfrew South Eric Harrington Conservative
Russell William Craig Conservative
Simcoe North William Davis Ardagh Conservative
Simcoe South Thomas Roberts Ferguson [nb 13] Conservative
D'Arcy Edward Boulton (1873) Conservative
Stormont William Colquhoun [nb 14] Conservative
James Bethune (1872) Liberal
Toronto East Matthew Crooks Cameron Conservative
Toronto West Adam Crooks Liberal
Victoria North Duncan McRae Conservative
Victoria South Samuel Casey Wood Liberal
Waterloo North Moses Springer Liberal
Waterloo South Isaac Clemens Liberal
Welland James George Currie Liberal
Wellington Centre Charles Clarke Liberal
Wellington North Robert McKim [nb 15] Liberal
John McGowan (1874) Conservative
Wellington South Peter Gow Liberal
Wentworth North Robert Christie Liberal
Wentworth South William Sexton Liberal
York East Hugh Powell Crosby Liberal
York North Alfred Boultbee Conservative
York West Peter Patterson Liberal


  1. ^ a b c d e f Member resigned seat to keep a seat in the federal parliament
  2. ^ John Sandfield Macdonald died in 1872
  3. ^ Mcneil Clarke died in 1872
  4. ^ Robert Gibbons resigned his seat in 1872 to accept an appointment as sheriff
  5. ^ Daniel Galbraith resigned his seat in 1872 to run federally
  6. ^ Herbert Stone Macdonald resigned in 1873 to accept an appointment as judge
  7. ^ Richard William Scott resigned in 1873 to accept federal cabinet post
  8. ^ George Perry gave up his seat in 1872 to allow Oliver Mowat a seat in the legislature
  9. ^ John Coyne died in 1873
  10. ^ Andrew Monteith was elected to the federal parliament in 1874
  11. ^ Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn died in 1874
  12. ^ James Simeon McCuaig resigned his seat in 1872 to run for a federal seat
  13. ^ Thomas Roberts Ferguson resigned his seat in 1873 due to health problems
  14. ^ William Colquhoun's election was appealed
  15. ^ Robert McKim resigned to compete (unsuccessfully) in the 1874 federal election


  1. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario". Legislative Assembly of Ontario.