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James Palmer Rankin

James Palmer Rankin (April 30, 1855 – June 15, 1934) was a physician and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented Perth North in the House of Commons of Canada from 1908 to 1911 and from 1921 to 1925 as a Liberal. Rankin then sat for Perth North division in the Senate of Canada from 1925 to 1934.[1]

The Hon.

James Palmer Rankin
Senator for Perth North, Ontario
In office
September 9, 1925 – June 15, 1934
Appointed byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Perth North
In office
Preceded byAlexander Ferguson MacLaren
Succeeded byHugh Boulton Morphy
In office
Preceded byHugh Boulton Morphy
Succeeded byWellington Hay
Personal details
Born(1855-04-30)April 30, 1855
East Zorra, Canada West
DiedJune 15, 1934(1934-06-15) (aged 79)
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal

He was born in East Zorra, Canada West, the son of David Rankin and Jane P. Dennis, and was educated in Cobourg and Hamilton, then at the University of Toronto and University of Edinburgh. Rankin practised as a physician and surgeon in Stratford, Ontario. He married Mary Jane McKee in 1880. He served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War I. Rankin was defeated by Hugh Boulton Morphy when he ran for reelection to the House of Commons in 1911 and 1917, then defeated Morphy in the 1921 federal election. He died in office in Stratford at the age of 79.[2]


  1. ^ James Palmer Rankin – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.