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David Thompson (Canadian politician)

David Thompson
Source: Library and Archives Canada

David Thompson (December 7, 1836 – April 18, 1886) was a Canadian businessman and political figure. He represented Haldimand in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal member from 1867 to 1886.[1]

He was born in Wainfleet Township in Upper Canada in 1836,[1] the son of David Thompson who represented Haldimand in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1841 to 1851. After studying at Upper Canada College, he became a merchant selling flour and grain. Thompson married Elizabeth Stinson in 1858. In 1863, he was elected to the 8th Parliament of the Province of Canada for Haldimand; after Confederation, he was reelected to the House of Commons. He died in Indiana, Ontario while still in office in 1886.[2]

David's son, Andrew, later represented Haldimand and Monck in the House of Commons.

The property where the mansion built by Thompson's father still stands is now preserved as a National Historic Site of Canada, Ruthven Park.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b David Thompson – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  3. ^ Ruthven Park[permanent dead link], Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada
  4. ^ Ruthven Park. Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  5. ^ Ruthven Park web site