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Edward Blake

also known as Dominick Edward Blake

Member of Parliament

Edward BLAKE, British Member of Parliament.

Background

BLAKE, Edward was born on October 13, 1833 in Adelaide, Ontario. Son of Honourable William Hume Blake, Ontario, Chancellor of Upper Canada.

Education

Studied at Upper Canada College. University of Toronto (Master of Arts 1858). Doctor of Laws.

Career

In 1867 he won seats in both the provincial legislature and the House of Commons and in 1870-1871 was leader of the opposition in the legislature. From 1871 to 1872 he was Premier of Ontario, but in the latter year a law was passed forbidding dual representation, and Blake resigned his premiership, electing to sit in the House of Commons. Under the administration of Alexander Mackenzie, for whose triumph in 1873 Black was largely responsible, he was minister of justice from 1875 to 1877, and for the next two years was president of the Council. In 1880 he succeeded Mackenzie as leader of the Liberal Party, but after the party suffered defeat in the general elections of 1882 and 1887 Blake resigned as leader, continuing as a private member of the House of Commons. He retired from Canadian politics in 1891 and went to Ireland. He was elected to the British House of Commons in 1892 as a Nationalist member for South Longford and served until he retired in 1907 and returned to Canada.

Membership

Club: National Liberal.

Connections

father:
Honourable William Hume Blake