Bowell, Sir MacKenzie National Historic Person
Bridge Street, Belleville, Ontario
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1823 to 1917
Bowell, Sir MacKenzie
Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), senator, journalist and statesman
Existing plaque: on the lawn of the Bridge Street Armoury Bridge Street, Belleville, Ontario
Born in England, Bowell represented North Hastings in the Canadian Parliament from 1867 to 1892. Thereafter, he held a seat in the Senate until his resignation from politics in 1906. Having served in the Cabinets of Macdonald, Abbott, and Thompson, he became Prime Minister in 1894. Past Grand Master of the Orange Order in North America, he, nevertheless, proposed to the Commons, in 1896, remedial action that would settle the Manitoba schools problem. In that same year division within his Cabinet and disenchantment with his leadership forced his resignation. He died in Belleville.