- Lucius Seth Huntington
Lucius Seth Huntington, PC (
May 26 1827– May 19 1886) was a Quebeclawyer, journalist and political figure. He was a Liberal member of the Canadian House of Commonsrepresenting Shefford from 1867 to 1882. He also served as President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canadaand Postmaster General.
He was born in Compton,
Lower Canadain 1827. The families of his parents had come to the Eastern Townshipsfrom New England. He studied law with John Sewell Sanbornand was called to the bar in 1853. There was a surplus of lawyers at the time, so he became a merchant to provide himself with additional income. He also established a newspaper in Knowlton, later moving it to Waterloo after he was hired as secretary for a railroad company based there. He ran for the Shefford seat in the Legislative Assembly in 1860, but the election was not settled before parliament was dissolved; he was elected in the election that followed in 1861. In 1863, he was appointed solicitor general for Canada East. During the American Civil War, he profited from his ownership of a coppermine; later, the market in copper collapsed and so did Huntington's profits.
In 1873, he exposed the
Pacific Scandalwhich led to the fall of Sir John A. Macdonald's Conservatives. He then became part of a syndicate formed to continue construction of the railway. He intended to resign from his government post to enter this business venture, but was persuaded to remain in office when the Conservatives alleged wrong-doing in his sale of his interests in copper mines, since his resignation might be interpreted as a sign of guilt. In 1875, Huntington was heavily criticized for a speech where he advised English Protestants in Quebec to vote Liberal to protect their own interests versus those of French Catholics. He fell ill later in his parliamentary career and, after his defeat in 1882, moved to New York Cityto seek medical treatment.
He died in New York in 1886.
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=5600 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
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