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{March 19, 2008}   P.M.#6 – Sir Charles Tupper: I had a brilliant subtitle for this post yesterday, but then WordPress ate my post and now I forget what it was

Today’s (three day late) installment of my prime ministerial series brings us the last of the boring PMs of the 1890s, at least according to Sarah, our resident Canadian historian here at NTBTWK.

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Name Sir Charles Tupper
Born: July 2, 1821 in Amherst, Nova Scotia
Died: October 30, 1915
Party: Conservative
Held Office: May 1, 1896 – July 8, 1896
Best known for: -at 69 days (snicker… 69), his was the shortest reign ever as a Canadian Prime Minister. Also, since he took office after the House of Commons dissolved, he’s the only P.M. who never faced a Parliament. Can anyone say “lame”?-he was a Father of Confederation, having led Nova Scotia into Confederation as the then-Premier-he has a school in Vancouver named after him (that makes him famous to me). I believe I once judged a science fair there.-railroads. This dude was all about the railroads.
Some Things I Didn’t Know About This P.M. -his son-in-law was held hostage by Louis Riel and the rebels during the Red River Rebellion in 1869 (yeesh, again with the 69!)
Are just dying to read on and on an on about railroads? Check out some Sir C.T. bios:
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Next week we will be back on track with our regular Sunday spot for the next P.M., Wilfred Laurier. He has a university named after him AND his face on money, so he must have done something important.

Image credits: From from the Library and Archives Canada, copyright is expired.

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Sarah says:

It’s too bad that Storyeum has closed down — they could have incorporated Sir Charles into one of their 80 railroad songs.

And you know what “tupping” meant in Othello…



Kalev says:

Oh Sarah, you make me wish I had been to Storyeum before it so unfortunately closed, just so I could properly diss it with you and Beth and Dave!



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