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The Hon.
 William Ross

Senator for Victoria, Nova Scotia
In office
May 18, 1905 – March 17, 1912
Appointed by Wilfrid Laurier

In office
1867 – 1874
Succeeded by Charles James Campbell
In office
1900 – 1904
Preceded by John Lemuel Bethune
Succeeded by Electoral district was abolished in 1903

Born December 20, 1824(1824-12-20)
Boularderie, Nova Scotia
Died March 17, 1912 (aged 87)
Ottawa, Ontario[1]
Political party Anti-Confederate (1867-1869)
Spouse(s) Eliza Moore
Residence Halifax, Nova Scotia[1]
Cabinet Minister of Militia and Defence (1873-1874)

William Ross (December 20, 1824 – March 17, 1912) was a Canadian politician.[2]

Born in Boularderie, Nova Scotia, the son of John Ross, a Scottish immigrant,[3] and Robina McKenzie[1], Ross was a merchant and shipbuilder.[2] In 1855, he married Eliza Moore. He represented Victoria County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1857 to 1867.[3] He was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament in 1867. From 1873 to 1874, he was the Minister of Militia and Defence.[2] Ross resigned his seat in the House of Commons in 1874 after he was named customs collector for Halifax[4] and served until 1888.[1]

Ross also served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Cape Breton militia.[1]

In 1905, he was summoned to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Victoria, Nova Scotia. A Liberal, he served until his death in 1912.




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