Not to be confused with his son, John George Bourinot.
Born in Grouville, Jersey, in the Channel Islands, he was educated in Jersey and in Caen in Normandy in France and emigrated as a young man to Sydney, Nova Scotia, where he opened a business as a ship-chandler.
In 1834, shortly after his arrival there, he was appointed French vice-consul and also worked as an agent for Lloyd"s of London. Together, they would have eleven children. In the 1840s, Bourinot lobbied unsuccessfully for the independence of Cape Breton Island from Nova Scotia.
In 1859, he was elected as the Conservative Modern Language Association of Cape Breton County in Halifax.
His political career thereafter was unremarkable. Bourinot was mostly active in committee work.
He died of a stroke in Ottawa, where he had wanted to attend the opening of parliament in 1884.
John George Bourinot (March 15, 1814 – January 19, 1884) was a French Canadian merchant and politician, a member of the first Canadian Senate. Bourinot eventually sided with Charles Tupper, voting for the Confederation Resolution in 1866, and was appointed by John A. Macdonald as a Liberal-Conservative member of the first Canadian Senate.