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The Honourable Malcolm C. Cameron, 1898

The Honourable Malcolm C. Cameron had the shortest term as Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories. He died in office approximately four months following his appointment.

Malcolm Colin Cameron was born at Perth, Upper Canada (Ontario), on April 12, 1832. He was the adopted son of Malcolm Cameron, Senior. His father was a prominent member of the Reform Party and served in the two Baldwin-Lafontaine ministries and the Hincks-Morin ministry of the United Province of Canada. Malcolm C. Cameron was a Presbyterian.

In 1855, he married Jessie H. McLean, daughter of Dr. John McLean, Royal Navy. They had two sons and five daughters: M.G., Altan, Mrs. John Galt, Mrs. John G. Wilson, Mrs. Richard Bayly, Margaret, and Grace.

Educated at Toronto, Malcolm C. Cameron was called to the Upper Canada Bar in 1860 and practised law in Goderich, Ontario. He first served in public office as a Councillor and then as Mayor of Goderich. He then served as the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of South Huron from 1867 to 1882 and West Huron from 1882 to 1887. He was reelected for West Huron at a by-election held in 1896 and, again later that year, at the federal general election. A leader of the Clear Grits, he helped William McDougall establish the official publication of that organization, the North American.

On the advice of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Malcolm C. Cameron was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories effective May 30, 1898. This appointment was made by the Earl of Aberdeen, Governor General of Canada.

Malcolm C. Cameron died approximately four months later on September 26, 1898, at London, Ontario, and was buried in the Maitland Cemetery at Goderich, Ontario.

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