William Paterson (politician)

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William Paterson

William Paterson PC (born September 19, 1839 in Hamilton , Upper Canada , now Ontario ; † March 18, 1914 ) was a Canadian Liberal Party politician who was a member of the House of Commons and a minister in the 8th Canadian cabinet of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier for over 39 years was.


Paterson, who worked as a pastry chef , began his political career in local politics and was first Deputy Reeve between 1869 and 1871 and then Mayor of Brantford from 1872 to 1873 .

As a candidate for the Liberal Party, he was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in the election on October 12, 1872 and represented the constituency of Brant South in this until his defeat in the House of Commons election on June 23, 1896 .

On July 13, 1896, Paterson was appointed Minister of Customs by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier and held this office until the end of Laurier's tenure on October 6, 1911, although he was only officially a member of Canada's 8th Cabinet since June 30, 1897.

A few weeks after his appointment as minister, he was re-elected to the House of Commons in a by-election on August 25, 1896 in the constituency of Brant South . In the subsequent general election on November 7, 1900 , he was elected in the constituency of Gray North , in the election on November 3, 1904 in the constituency of Wentworth North and Brent, and finally in the election on October 26, 1908 in the constituency of Brant , before this lower house mandate finally lost in the election on September 21, 1911 . At the time of his departure from the House of Commons, he was a member of the second house of the Canadian Parliament for more than 39 years.

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