Born in Halifax County. Entered the Nova Scotia Assembly as one of the members for Halifax, 1836; advocated non-sectarian college for Nova Scotia; financial secretary in Howe's ministry, 1860-1863. An active opponent of Confederation, and an Anti-Confederate delegate to London in 1866. Formed the first Anti-Confederate or Repeal govermnent in Nova Scotia, 1867; retired in 1874 to accept the position of immigration agent at London, where he died. Bib.: Campbell, History of Nova Scotia; Saunders, Three Premiers of Nova Scotia.
Tiré de Burpee, Lawrence J., Encyclopedia of Canadian History, Makers of Canada Series, vol 12, 1927.