Honourable James Cockburn 1819-1883, The

A Father of Confederation, James Cockburn was born in Berwick, England and came to Canada with his parents in 1832. Admitted to the bar in 1846, he formed a partnership with D.E. Boulton in Cobourg, and in 1849 established a law practice independently. Entering politics, he represented Northumberland West in the Legislative Assembly of Canada, 1861-67, and served as solicitor general, 1864-67. At the Quebec Conference of 1864, he shared in drafting the plan for Confederation, and in 1867, was elected the first Speaker of the new federal House of Commons, a post which he held until 1874. He resigned his seat in 1881 owing to illness and died in Ottawa two years later.


In Centennial Park, William Street, Cobourg

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Northumberland

Municipality: Town of Cobourg