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John William Ritchie

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John William Ritchie
The Start of John William Ritchie
His Full name was John William Ritchie. He was born as a boy.
Family History

Ritchie was the son of Thomas Ritchie and Elizabeth Wildman Johnston. His younger brother, William Johnstone Ritchie, was Chief Justice of Canada.


John William Ritchie’s father represented Annapolis County in the Nova Scotia assembly for many years and was a prominent lawyer and judge.
He received his early education at home and during the 1820s, he studied law with his uncle James William Johnston.
Marriage and Personal Life
In 1836 he married Amelia Rebecca, the daughter of William Bruce Almon, a doctor and legislative councilor, thereby continuing a tradition of intermarriage among the Ritchie, Johnston, and Almon families.
He had one child. A daughter. His daughter was Eliza Ritchie. That was his only child he had with his wife. She was often called lonely Eliza.
His Conservative Party
He belonged to the conservative party of Canada. He believed in their rights, their beliefs, and what their highest leaders told their people.
Political
History
&
Date He
Held Office
Was appointed law clerk of the Nova Scotia Legislative Council. He got the job in 1837 - 1860. In 1850, John William Ritchie was a member of a commission to revise the statutes of Nova Scotia. John William Ritchie was named a Queen's Counsel in 1858.
He was appointed to the three-man commission investigating the Prince Edward Island land question in 1859. John William Ritchie was appointed to the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University in 1863.
A sympathizer of the Confederate cause in the American Civil War, John William Ritchie defended three men involved in the Chesapeake Affair. In 1864, John William Ritchie was appointed to the Nova Scotia Legislative Council and became Solicitor General.
Role In
Confederation
He replaced Robert Dickey as government leader in the Upper House, and guided the legislation dealing with Nova Scotia's entry into Confederation. Charles Tupper then appointed him to attend the London Conference in 1866 at which the terms of the union were decided. This was his start in confederation government.
Charles Tupper then appointed him to attend the London Conference in 1866 at which the terms of the union were decided. John William Ritchie was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1867. That would leader to a bigger part in canada.
In 1864, he was made a member of the Legislative Council, then joined the Cabinet as solicitor-general. He replaced Robert Dickey as leader of the Upper House, and oversaw the passage of the Confederation legislation.
He was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court as a puisne judge in 1870, becoming judge in equity in 1873. He was one of the founders of the Nova Scotia Historical Society in 1878, and served as the society's first president. This was very important.
He was one of the people who pushed for confederation. He wanted the best for Canada. He was working with other government people to get the job done. He was a very important person in the confederation.


Ultimately he was one of the most important people in confederation. He was an important father of confederation. Maybe without him it wouldn't of happen
He was an incorporator in 1856 of the Union Bank of Halifax, of which he was a director until 1866, and in December 1858 was named a qc. In 1859 the Colonial Office appointed Ritchie a member of a three-man commission to investigate the land question in Prince Edward Island.
In 1850 Ritchie was a member, with William Young, Jonathan McCully*, and Joseph Whidden, of a commission to revise the statutes of Nova Scotia, work he found congenial and suited to his legal training.
Like many other leading Nova Scotians, Ritchie exhibited sympathy for the Southern cause in the American Civil War. He also played a part in the war with soldiers.
In 1864 Southern agents seized the Northern ship Chesapeake off the coast of Maine and killed one of its crew.Ritchie assisted in the defense of the three New Brunswick men tried at Saint John in connection with the affair.
He was born on March 8th, 1808. He was born in the city of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
More
Info
John William was probably educated at Ichabod Corbett’s school in Annapolis Royal, and was later tutored at home rather than sent to college.
He died on December 13th, 1899. In Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was born in St.John's cemetery.
He proceded Robert Dickey in the Upper House. He was now guiding the legislative dealing for nova scotia concerning confederation.
He did more than Dickey, Tupper, and everybody he was associated with. Though he did not get much credit.
No one later proceed him because he achieved his goal of confederation.
Thanks for watching guys, I know it was really long, sorry. But thanks for watching ;)
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