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John Jones Ross

The Hon.
John Jones Ross
7th Premier of Quebec
In office
January 23, 1884 – January 25, 1887
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Théodore Robitaille
Louis-Rodrigue Masson
Preceded by Joseph-Alfred Mousseau
Succeeded by Louis-Olivier Taillon
Senator for De la Durantaye, Quebec
In office
April 12, 1887 – May 4, 1901
Preceded by Jean-Charles Chapais
Succeeded by Alphonse Arthur Miville Déchêne
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Champlain
In office
Succeeded by Hippolyte Montplaisir
Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for Shawinigan
In office
Preceded by Preceded by the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada
Succeeded by Némèse Garneau
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Champlain
In office
Preceded by Preceded by the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada
Succeeded by Jean-Charles Chapais
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for Champlain
In office
Preceded by Joseph-Édouard Turcotte
Succeeded by Replaced by the Legislative Assembly of Quebec
Personal details
Born (1831-08-16)August 16, 1831
Quebec City, Lower Canada
Died May 4, 1901(1901-05-04) (aged 69)
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade (La Pérade), Quebec
Political party Conservative
Cabinet Canada:
Minister Without Portfolio (1896)
Commissioner of Railways (1881–1882)
Commissioner of Agriculture and Public Works (1884–1887)
Portfolio Canada:
Speaker of the Senate (1891–1896)
President of the Legislative Council (1873–1874 & 1876–1878 & 1879–1881)

John Jones Ross, French-Canadian wife Sophie-Éloïse Gouin.


  • Province of Canada Assembly 1
  • Provincial politics 2
  • Federal politics 3
  • Elections as party leader 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Province of Canada Assembly

Ross belonged to the Parti bleu and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for the district of Champlain in 1861. He was re-elected in 1863 and served until 1867.

Provincial politics

Ross was elected to the newly established Legislative Assembly of Quebec for the district of Champlain in 1867, but resigned only a few months later to become a Conservative Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for Shawinigan. From 1873 to 1874, 1876 to 1878 and 1879 to 1882, Ross served as Speaker of the Legislative Council, of whom he remained a member until his death in 1901.

He was Minister without Portfolio from 1876 to 1878 and from 1879 to 1881, as well as the seventh Premier of Quebec from January 23, 1884 to January 25, 1887,

Federal politics

Ross successfully ran as a Conservative candidate for the district of Champlain in the 1872 federal election, but did not run for re-election in the 1874.

He was appointed to the Senate of Canada for the Division of La Durantaye in 1887 and served as Speaker of that institution from 1891 to 1896.

Ross also was Minister without Portfolio in the federal Cabinet for a couple of months in 1896.

Elections as party leader

He lost the 1886 provincial election as Leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, but remained in power in a minority government until he resigned on January 25, 1887. He died in 1901 in Quebec City.

See also


  • John Jones Ross – Parliament of Canada biography
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