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The journey of John Hamilton Gray

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Transcript of The journey of John Hamilton Gray

John Hamilton Gray
A father of Confederation
John Hamilton Grays Life
John is the son of son of Robert Gray and Mary Burns. Johns father emigrated from Glasgow to Virginia in 1771 and during the American revolution fought on the loyalist side. Robert Gray was 64 when his son John Hamilton was born in 1811. John has two sisters Susan Pennefather and Sarah Caroline.


Family Information

Gray began his political career in 1862 when he was elected to the provincial assembly as a reformer, despite his conservative roots.At the age of 19 he entered the British army and spent the greater part of the next 20 years on the battlefronts and patrol trails of Africa and India. Then, in 1852 he returned to PEI and within a few years entered politics. In 1858 he was elected to represent the district of 4th Queens in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island as a Conservative. He was re-elected in 1863 and served as premier until 1865. As premier of the host province, he was chairman of the Charlottetown Confederation conference.He retired from politics after the rejection by the P.E.I. legislature of the Quebec resolutions which outlined the terms of Confederation.


Political history

John had three wives. His first two wives, Fanny Sewell Chamier and Susan Ellen Bartley-Pennefather, each died of childbirth-related ailments. Johns third and last wife was Sarah Caroline Cambridge.
John has 8 kids, 6 girls and 2 boys but the last boy Hamilton Edward Jarvis Gray did not survive to adulthood.
Sarah Caroline Cambridge was his third wife and she had Hamilton Edward Jarvis Gray.

Family tree

Name: John Hamilton Gray
Birth date: June 14, 1811
Death date: August 13, 1887
Where he was born:
Charlottetown PEI
Information about John

John Hamilton Gray served in the British military before entering Prince Edward Island politics. He was the Premier of Prince Edward Island (1863–64), politician, military officer and administrator
Gray served as the administrative head of Canada. John Hamilton Gray served in the British military before entering Prince Edward Island politics.

Fanny Sewell Chamier
Susan Ellen Bartley-Pennefather
Sarah Caroline Cambridge
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