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Thomas Bain

In office
1896 – 1900
Preceded by F. M. Carpenter
Succeeded by E. D. Smith

In office
1872 – 1896
Preceded by James McMonies
Succeeded by Electoral district was abolished

Born December 14, 1834(1834-12-14)
Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died January 18, 1915 (aged 80)
Dundas, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Helen Weir
Portfolio Speaker of the House of Commons (1898-1901)

Thomas Bain (December 14, 1834 – January 18, 1915) was a Canadian parliamentarian.

Bain was born in Scotland, the son of Walter Bain[1], and migrated to Canada with his family when he was three years old. They settled on a bush farm in Wentworth County near Hamilton, Ontario.[2]

He was elected to the County Council in the 1860s and became Warden. He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1872 federal election as a Liberal. He was re-elected on six subsequent occasions, serving as an MP for 28 years before retiring in 1900. In the House, he usually spoke on agricultural issues, and became Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Colonization in 1896.

In 1874, he married Helen Weir.[1]

When the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, James David Edgar, died unexepectedly in July 1899, Wilfrid Laurier asked Bain to become the new Speaker for the remainder of Egar's term.

Bain served as Speaker until the House was dissolved for the 1900 election in which he did not run.

After retiring from politics, Bain became President of the Landed Banking and Loan Company and the Malcolm and Souter Furniture Company. He died in Dundas, Ontario at age 81.


  1. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.  
  2. ^ Bailey, Thomas Melville (1991). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol II, 1876-1924). W.L. Griffin Ltd.  

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