Thomas Heath Haviland

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Thomas Heath Haviland

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Thomas Health Haviland was born into an affluent and influential family in Charlottetown. In the 1840s he studied law in the office of James Horsfield Peters. Entering politics in 1846 he sat in the PEI legislative Assembly from 1846-1876. During those years he held numerous positions including Colonial Secretary, Speaker of the House and Solicitor General, He was a strong supporter of Confederation and was one of the the three commissioners who helped negotiate Prince Edward Island's entry into Confederation in 1873. He sat as a member of the Canadian senate from 1873 to 1879, served as Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island from 1879 to 1884 and , as Mayor of Charlottetown from 1886 to 1893.


He is buried in St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery in Charlottetown.

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He was appointed a trustee of St. Peter's Cathedral in 1872 by Bishop Hibbert Binney and served as a warden in 1874. He was prominently involved in raising funds for the building of All Souls' Chapel.

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Biography prepared by Edgar Macdonald for the 150th Anniversary of St. Peter's Cathedral (2015)
See also:
The Canadian Encyclopedia:
Office of the Lieutenant Governor PEI

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