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Former Lieutenant Governors of Ontario


Lieutenant Governors are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Canada and the Federal Cabinet. The appointment is for a period of not less than five years and the salary is paid by the federal government.

The complex list of leaders listed below is due to the consitutional changes to the region we now know as the Province of Ontario. From 1760 - 1792, the Province of Ontario had Governors, from 1792 - 1841, Upper Canada had Lieutenant Governors, from 1841 - 1867, Canada West had Governors General, and from 1867 until the present, the Province of Ontario has had Lieutenant Governors once again.

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Province of Ontario

Dates of OfficeGovernor(Born - Died)
1760-1764General Sir Jennery Amherst
1764-1766Lieutenant-General James Murray
1766Lieutenant-Colonel Paulus Aemilius Irving
1766-1768Lieutenant-General James Murray
1768-1778Major-General Guy Carleton
1778-1786General Sir Frederick Haldimand
1786-1792 Lieutenant Colonel Sir Guy Carleton, Lord Dorchester


Upper Canada

Dates of OfficeLieutenant Governor(Born - Died)
8 Jul 1792 - 10 Apr 1796Major-General John Graves Simcoe(b. 1752 - d. 1806)
20 Jul 1796 - 17 Aug 1799Peter Russell(b. 1733 - d. 1808)
17 Aug 1799 - 11 Sep 1805Peter Hunter(b. 1746 - d. 1805)
11 Sep 1805 - 25 Aug 1806Captain Alexander Grant(b. 1734 - d. 1813)
25 Aug 1806 - 9 Oct 1811Major Francis Gore(b. 1769 - d. 1852)
9 Oct 1811 - 13 Oct 1812Major-General Sir Isaac Brock(b. 1769 - d. 1812)
13 Oct 1812 - 19 Jun 1813Major-General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe
19 Jun 1813 - 13 Dec 1813Major-General Francis de Rottenburg, Baron de Rottenburg(b. 1757 - d. 1832)
13 Dec 1813 - 25 Apr 1815Lieutenant-General Sir Gordon Drummond
25 Apr 1815 - 1 Jul 1815 Lieutenant-General Sir George Murray
1 Jul 1815 - 21 Sep 1815Major-General Frederick Philipse Robinson(b. 1763 - d. 1852)
21 Sep 1815 - 6 Jan 1817Major Francis Gore(b. 1769 - d. 1852)
11 Jun 1817 - 13 Aug 1818Samuel Smith
13 Aug 1818 - 23 Aug 1828Major-General Sir Peregrine Maitland, KB(b. 1777 - d. 1854)
4 Nov 1828 - 26 Jan 1836Major-General Sir John Colborne(b. 1778 - d. 1863)
26 Jan 1836 - 23 Mar 1838Sir Francis Bond Head(b. 1793 - d. 1875)
23 Mar 1838 - 5 Feb 1841Major-General Sir George Arthur (b. 1784 - d. 1854)


Canada West

Dates of OfficeGovernors General (Canada West)(Born - Died)
1841The Right Honourable Charles Poullet Thompson, Lord Sydenham
1841Major-General John Clitherow
1841-1842Sir Richards Downes Jackson
1842-1843The Right Honourable Sir Charles Bagot
1843-1845Sir Charles Theophilius Metcalfe
1845-1847Lieutenant-General The Right Honourable Charles Murray, Earl Cathcart
1847-1854The Right Honourable Sir James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine
1854-1861Sir Edmund Walker Head(b. 1805 - d. 1868)
1861-1866The Right Honourable Sir Charles Stanley, 4th Viscount Monck(b. 1819 - d. 1894)


Province of Ontario

Dates of OfficeLieutenant Governor(Born - Died)
1 Jul 1867 - 14 Jul 1868Major-General The Honourable Henry William Stisted(b. 1817 - d. 1875)
15 Jul 1868 - 11 Nov 1873The Honourable William Pearce Howland(b. 1811 - d. 1907)
12 Nov 1873 - 13 May 1875The Honourable John Willoughby Crawford(b. 1817 - d. 1875)
18 May 1875 - 30 Jun 1880The Honourable Donald Alexander Macdonald(b. 1817 - d. 1896)
1 Jul 1880 - 31 May 1887The Honourable John Beverley Robinson(b. 1821 - d. 1896)
1 Jun 1887 - 24 May 1892The Honourable Sir Alexander Campbell(b. 1822 - d. 1892)
30 May 1892 - 7 Nov 1896The Honourable Sir George Airey Kirkpatrick(b. 1841 - d. 1899)
7 Nov 1896 - 18 Nov 1897Colonel The Honourable Sir Casmir Stanislaus Gzowski(b. 1813 - d. 1898)
18 Nov 1897 - 19 Apr 1903The Honourable Sir Oliver Mowat (b. 1820 - d. 1903)
21 Apr 1903 - 21 Sep 1908The Honourable Sir William Mortimer Clark(b. 1836 - d. 1917)
22 Sep 1908 - 26 Sep 1914The Honourable Sir John Morison Gibson(b. 1842 - d. 1929)
2 Oct 1914 - 20 Nov 1919The Honourable Sir John Strathearn Hendrie(b. 1857 - d. 1923)
1 Dec 1919 - 29 Aug 1921The Honourable Lionel Herbert Clarke(b. 1859 - d. 1921)
10 Sep 1921 - 12 Jan 1927Colonel The Honourable Henry Cockshutt(b. 1868 - d. 1944)
12 Jan 1927 - 25 Oct 1931The Honourable William Donald Ross(b. 1869 - d. 1947)
25 Oct 1931 - 1 Nov 1932The Right Honourable Sir William Mulock(b. 1844 - d. 1944)
1 Nov 1932 - 23 Nov 1937Colonel The Honourable Herbert Alexander Bruce(b. 1868 - d. 1963)
23 Nov 1937 - 26 Dec 1946The Honourable Albert Edward Matthews(b. 1873 - d. 1949)
26 Dec 1946 - 18 Feb 1952The Honourable Ray Lawson(b. 1886 - d. 1980)
18 Feb 1952 - 30 Dec 1957The Honourable Louis Orville Breithaupt (b. 1890 - d. 1960)
30 Dec 1957 - 1 May 1963The Honourable John Keiller MacKay(b. 1888 - d. 1970)
1 May 1963 - 4 Jul 1968The Honourable William Earl Rowe(b. 1886 - d. 1984)
4 Jul 1968 - 10 Apr 1974The Honourable William Ross Macdonald(b. 1881 - d. 1976)
10 Apr 1974 - 15 Sep 1980The Honourable Pauline McGibbon(b. 1910 - d. 2001)
15 Sep 1980 - 20 Sep 1985Captain (N) The Honourable John Aird(b. 1923 - d. 1995)
20 Sep 1985 - 11 Dec 1991Colonel The Honourable Lincoln Alexander(b. 1922 - d. 2012)
11 Dec 1991 - 24 Jan 1997Colonel The Honourable Henry Jackman(b. 1932)
24 Jan 1997 - 7 Mar 2002The Honourable Hilary Weston(b. 1942)
7 Mar 2002 - 5 Sep 2007The Honourable James Bartleman(b. 1939)
5 Sep 2007 - 23 Sep 2014The Honourable David Onley(b. 1950)
23 Sep 2014 - The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell(b. 1944)

See also
Lieutenant Governors of Canada
Province of Ontario

External Links
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Official Website


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