Abbott, Sir John Joseph Caldwell

Abbott, Sir John Joseph Caldwell, 1821–93, Canadian political leader. He was a graduate of McGill College, where he served on the law faculty (1853–80). He served in the Canadian House of Commons (1860–74 1880–87) before his appointment to the Senate in 1887. As prime minister (1891–92), Abbott headed a Conservative administration. He is best remembered for being the first Canadian-born prime minister.

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