John Abbott

Birth Name: John Joseph Caldwell Abbott

Date of Birth: March 12, 1821

Place of Birth: Saint-André, Lower Canada (now Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, Québec)

Date of Death: October 30, 1893

Place of Death: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Ethnicity: English

John Abbott was a Canadian politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as the third Prime Minister of Canada, from June 16, 1891 to November 24, 1892. He was the first Prime Minister of Canada to have been born in Canada. He was a Member of Parliament for Argenteuil (QC), from September 20, 1867 to 1874, and again, from 1880 to 1887; Mayor of Montréal, from 1887 to 1889, and a Canadian Senator from Québec, from May 12, 1887 to October 30, 1893.

Prime Minister Abbott was the son of Harriet A. and The Rev. Joseph Abbott, an Anglican missionary and clergyman. His parents were English emigrants, his father from Little Strickland, Westmorland, and his mother from Worstead, Norfolk. He was married to Mary Martha (Bethune) Abbott, with whom he had eight children. Prime Minister Abbott’s great-grandson was actor Christopher Plummer, and his great-great-granddaughter is actress Amanda Plummer.

Prime Minister Abbott’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Abbott (the son of John Abbott and Hester Bland). Joseph was born in Westmorland, England.

Prime Minister Abbott’s paternal grandmother was named Isabella Kendal (the daughter of John Kendal and Margaret/Margery). Isabella was born in Westmorland, England.

Prime Minister Abbott’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Richard Bradford (the son of Richard Bradford and Susanna Cole). Prime Minister Abbott’s grandfather The Rev. Richard was born in Rotherhithe, Surrey, England. Prime Minister Abbott’s great-grandfather Richard was the son of Richard Bradford and Anna Parish/Roles.

Prime Minister Abbott’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Jeffery/Jeffrey (the daughter of The Rev. John Jeffery/Jeffrey and Ann Kirby/Rickby). Sarah was born in Norfolk, England. The Rev. John was the son of The Rev. John Jeffery/Jeffrey and Isabel Barker.

Sources: Genealogies of John Abbott –

Marriage record of Prime Minister Abbott’s maternal grandparents, The Rev. Richard Bradford and Sarah Jeffery/Jeffrey –

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  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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