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John Costigan

John Costigan
Member of the New Brunswick House of Assembly for Victoria
In office
Member of Parliament for Victoria
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Pius Michaud
Senator for New Brunswick
In office
January 15, 1907 – September 29, 1916
Personal details
Born February 1, 1835
Saint-Nicolas, Lower Canada
Died September 29, 1916(1916-09-29) (aged 81)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal-ConservativeLiberal
Residence Victoria County, New Brunswick
Occupation physiotherapist, health care administrator
Religion Roman Catholic

John Costigan (February 1, 1835 – September 29, 1916) was a Canadian judge and politician who served in the Canadian House of Commons and in the Cabinet of several Prime Ministers of Canada.

Costigan was born on February 1, 1835 in Saint-Nicolas, Lower Canada, the son of Irish immigrants John Costigan and Bridget Dunn. He was educated at Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière in Lower Canada from 1850 to 1852. In 1857, he became registrar of deeds and wills for Victoria County in New Brunswick and a judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. He resigned from these posts in 1861 when he was elected to be a member of the 19th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, representing the electoral district of Victoria.[1][2]

On September 20, 1867 he was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament as a member of the Liberal-Conservative Party by the riding of Victoria in New Brunswick. He was re-elected nine times, and he became a member of the Liberal Party on February 6, 1906. During his time as a Member of Parliament, he was a Minister of Inland Revenue, a Secretary of State of Canada, a Minister of Marine and Fisheries, and an acting Minister of Trade and Commerce. He was Dean of the House from 1896 to 1907.

On January 15, 1907, he was appointed a member of the Canadian Senate for the senatorial division of Victoria, New Brunswick. He died in office on September 29, 1916 in Ottawa. He was interred in Grand Falls.


  1. ^ Shanahan (2000).
  2. ^ The elections for the 19th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly took place in 1861, but Costigan did not take his seat until the Assembly's first sitting on February 12, 1862.


  • Shanahan, David (2000). "Costigan, John". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 

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