Sir Richard W. Scott (1825 – 1913)

  • 1825 Born Prescott, Ontario
  • 1848 Call to the Bar of Upper Canada
  • 1852 Mayor of Bytown
  • 1857 Elected Member of Parliament
  • 1862 Introduced in Legislation of Upper Canada an Act to restore Roman Catholics rights in respect of
  • separate schools in Upper Canada (Ontario) Separate School Act
  • 1867 Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • 1871 Minister of Crown Lands
  • 1873
  • 1875
  • 1877
  • 1896
  • 1905
  • 1908
  • 1909
  • 1913 Died at Ottawa

The following is the editorial which was written in the Ottawa, Journal, a paper opposed in politics to the party to which he belonged:

Few public men Canada has known have passed through life more usefully, and none more blamelessly than the late Sir Richard Scott. Three-fourths of his eighty-eight years were spent in almost continuous public service, characterized always by high ideals, by persistent effort and untiring work…’ Throughout his long career Sir Richard Scott was a patriotic Canadian and Imperialist, who stood for honour, fairness and moderation in both public and private life. He has left a notable double legacy to his country – the memory in part of untiring public work of a high type, the memory in part of unstained and unassailed simpleminded integrity, public and private.