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John Henry Pope, PC (December 19, 1819 – April 1, 1889) was a Canadian farmer, lumberman, railway entrepreneur, and politician.

John Henry Pope

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Compton
In office
Succeeded byRufus Henry Pope
Personal details
Born(1819-12-19)December 19, 1819
Eaton Township, Lower Canada
DiedApril 1, 1889(1889-04-01) (aged 64)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal-Conservative
ChildrenRufus Henry Pope
CabinetMinister of Agriculture
Minister of Railways and Canals

Born in Eaton Township, Lower Canada (now Quebec), the son of John Pope and Sophia Laberee, he served with the local militia during the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 and opposed those who supported annexation of Eastern Townships to the United States.

He represented Compton County in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1857 to 1867 and was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament in 1867 representing the riding of Compton as a member of the Liberal-Conservative Party. He was the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Railways and Canals. He served until his death in 1889. His son, Rufus Henry, took his seat after his death.


  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  • "John Henry Pope". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  • John Henry Pope – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Biography from the Ministry of Agriculture