Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
March 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


John Charlton


Charlton, John (1829-1910), merchant and politician, was born near Caledonia, New York, on February 3, 1829, the son of Adam Charlton and Ann Gray. He was educated at the Springville Academy, New York, and came to Canada with his parents in 1849. In 1853 he opened a general store at Lynedoch, Norfolk county, Upper Canada ; and in 1859 he became Canadian manager of a firm of lumber merchants at Tonawanda, New York. In 1861 he bought the Canadian business of this firm; and under varying names carried on the business for more than forty years. He represented North Norfolk in the Canadian House of Commons from 1872 to 1904; and during this period took an active part in the debates on the tariff. Though a moderate protectionist, he was a Liberal in politics, and was in favour of commercial union with the United States. He died at Lynedoch , Ontario, on February 11, 1910. In 1854 he married Ella, daughter of George Gray of Charlotteville, Upper Canada. A few years before his death he published a volume of Speeches and addresses (Toronto, 1905).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 38.

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