Joseph Pope (public servant)

Sir Joseph Pope KCMG CVO ISO (August 16, 1854 – December 2, 1926) was a Canadian public servant. He was Private Secretary to Sir John A. Macdonald from 1882 to 1891 and Assistant Clerk to the Privy Council & Under Secretary of State for Canada from 1896 to 1926. From 1909 to 1925, he was the first permanent under-secretary of State for External Affairs.

Sir Joseph Pope
Born(1854-08-16)August 16, 1854
DiedDecember 2, 1926(1926-12-02) (aged 72)
Occupation(s)Clerk, private secretary, civil servant, and author

Pope was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) during the visit to Canada of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) in October 1901.[1] He was later knighted as a Knight Commander (KCMG) of the same order.

He married Marie-Louise-Joséphine-Henriette (Minette) Taschereau in Rivière-du-Loup, Que. on October 15, 1884. They had five sons and a daughter. One of his sons, Maurice Arthur Pope, later became a lieutenant general in the Canadian Army.

Pope's life story was edited and completed by his son Maurice Arthur Pope, and was published as "Public servant: the memoirs of Sir Joseph Pope" (Toronto, 1960). Sir Joseph tells the story of his conversion to the Roman Catholic faith from Anglicanism in Why I Became a Catholic, published privately in 1921,[2] and republished by Ignatius Press in 2001.[3]

There is a Joseph Pope fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 27364". The London Gazette. 11 October 1901. p. 6641.
  2. ^ Joseph Pope (1921). Why I Became a Catholic: A Timeless Conversion Story. Joseph Pope. ISBN 9780898708073. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  3. ^ "Why I Became a Catholic Paperback - Joseph Pope : Ignatius Press". Archived from the original on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  4. ^ "Finding aid to Joseph Pope fonds, Library and Archives Canada" (PDF). Retrieved September 18, 2020.