File MS-2-75, SF Box 18, Folder 26 - Charles Tupper letters

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Charles Tupper letters

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MS-2-75, SF Box 18, Folder 26

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  • 1887, 1911 (Creation)
    Tupper, Charles, Sir, 1821-1915

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3 pages (1 folder)

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Sir Charles Tupper was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia on July 2, 1821. He was educated at Horton Academy in Wolfville and graduated with his M.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1843. On his return to Canada he established a medical practice and pharmacy in Amherst. In 1846 he married Frances Morse, with whom he had six children.

Tupper’s political career began in 1855 when he was elected as a Conservative candidate in the provincial legislature. He went on to serve as Premier of Nova Scotia between 1864 to 1867 and is considered largely responsible for the province joining Confederation. In 1867 Tupper successfully ran for Federal Parliament and became an important figure in national politics, leading the Conservative Party from 1896 to 1901 and serving briefly as Prime Minister in 1896. Tupper died in England on October 30, 1915.

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Letters were gifted to Dalhousie University by separate donors. The 1887 letter was given to the Health Sciences Library by Elizabeth Green in 1969 and accessioned by the University Archives in 2006. The 1911 letter was donated by Mrs. J. Ross Smith in 1929 and accessioned by the University Archives in 1971.

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File consists of two handwritten letters by Charles Tupper. One letter is an 1887 letter of introduction to Sir Andrew Clark regarding Mr. Freeborn, a Canadian medical student in London. The second letter was written in 1911 to Mrs. J. Ross Smith in Amherst, Nova Scotia thanking her for an earlier correspondence regarding election results.

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