John Starr was a merchant and political figure in Nova Scotia.
He was born at Starr"s Point, Nova Scotia, the son of David Starr and Susannah Potter.
He represented Kings County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1827. After learning the trade of blacksmith, he moved to Halifax, where he became a merchant and ship owner, operating an import-export business. In 1824, Starr became colonel in the Halifax militia.