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List of lieutenant governors of Ontario

The following is a list of Lieutenant Governors of Ontario and governors of predecessor colonies. Though the present day office of the lieutenant governor in Ontario came into being only upon the province's entry into Canadian Confederation in 1867, the post is a continuation from the first governorship of Upper Canada in 1791, which itself branched out of the governorship of the Province of Quebec. From 1841 to 1867, the Governors General of the Province of Canada simultaneously acted as the direct governor of Canada West (what is present day Ontario), only occasionally appointing a lieutenant to act in their stead.

Prior to 1868 vice-regals were active or previous members of the British Army, but after Stisted the office was not held by non-Canadians or British military officers (Gzowski was a former Imperial Russian officer but was an engineer in Canada when serving as acting vice-regal).

Contents

Lieutenant Governors of Upper Canada, 1791–1841Edit

# Image Name Governor from Governor until
Governors under King George III (1791 – 1820)
1   John Graves Simcoe 1791 1796
Admin.   Peter Russell 1796 1799
2   Peter Hunter 1799 1805
Admin.   Alexander Grant 1805 1806
3   Francis Gore Acting governors for Francis Gore 1806 1817
Image Name From Until
  Sir Isaac Brock KB 1811 1812
  Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe 1812 1813
  Le baron de Rottenburg 1813
  Sir Gordon Drummond 1813 1814
  Sir George Murray GCB GCH 1815
  Sir Frederick Philipse Robinson KCB GCH 1815
Admin.   Samuel Smith 1817 1818
4   Sir Peregrine Maitland KCB GCH 1818
Governors under King George IV (1820 – 1830)
4   cont... 1828
5   Sir John Colborne GCB GCMG 1828
Governors under King William IV (1830 – 1837)
5   cont... 1836
6   Sir Francis Bond Head KCH 1836
Governors under Queen Victoria (1837 – 1841)
6   cont... 1838
7   Sir George Arthur KCH 1838 1839
8   The Lord Sydenham PC 1839 1841

Lieutenant Governors of Canada West, 1841–1867Edit

# Image Name Governor from Governor until
Governors under Queen Victoria (1867 – 1901)
9   John Clitherow 1841 1841
10   Sir Richard Downes Jackson 1841 1842

Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, 1867–presentEdit

# Image Name Governor from Governor until
Governors under Queen Victoria (1867 – 1901)
11 1   Henry William Stisted CB 1867 1868
12 2   William Pearce Howland PC 1868 1873
13 3   John Willoughby Crawford QC 1873 1875
14 4   Donald Alexander Macdonald PC 1875 1880
15 5   John Beverley Robinson 1880 1887
16 6   Sir Alexander Campbell PC KCMG QC 1887 1892
17 7   George Airey Kirkpatrick PC QC 1892 1896
Admin.   Sir Kazimierz Stanislaus Gzowski KCMG 1896 1897
18 8   Sir Oliver Mowat PC GCMG QC 1897
Governors under King Edward VII (1901 – 1910)
18 8   cont... 1903
19 9   Sir William Mortimer Clark KCMG KC 1903 1908
20 10   Sir John Morison Gibson KCMG KC 1908
Governors under King George V (1910 – 1936)
20 10   cont... 1914
21 11   Sir John Strathearn Hendrie KCMG CVO 1914 1919
22 12 Lionel Herbert Clarke 1919 1921
23 13   Henry Cockshutt 1921 1927
24 14   William Donald Ross 1927 1931
Admin.   Sir William Mulock PC KCMG 1931 1932
25 15   Herbert Alexander Bruce 1932
Governors under King Edward VIII (1936)
25 15   cont...
Governors under King George VI (1936 – 1952)
25 15   cont... 1937
26 16   Albert Edward Matthews 1937 1946
27 17   Frank Ray Lawson OBE 1946
Governors under Queen Elizabeth II (1952 – present)
27 17   cont... 1952
28 18   Louis Orville Breithaupt 1952 1957
29 19   John Keiller MacKay PC OC DSO VD QC 1957 1963
30 20   William Earl Rowe PC 1963 1968
31 21   William Ross Macdonald PC CD QC 1968 1974
32 22   Pauline Mills McGibbon OC 1974 1980
33 23   John Black Aird OC QC 1980 1985
34 24   Lincoln MacCauley Alexander PC OOnt CD QC 1985 1991
35[† 1] 25   Henry Newton Rowell Jackman CM OOnt 1991 1997
36 26   Hillary Mary Weston OOnt 1997 2002
37 27   James Karl Bartleman OOnt 2002 2007
38 28   David Charles Onley OOnt 2007 2014
39 29   Elizabeth Dowdeswell OC OOnt 2014
  1. ^ Colour denotes living former lieutenant governors

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "History > Vice-Regal Representatives". Queen's Printer for Ontario. Archived from the original on 12 August 2009.