Bowell, Sir MacKenzie National Historic Person

Belleville, Ontario
Mackenzie Bowell © Expired
Mackenzie Bowell
© Expired
Mackenzie Bowell © ExpiredBowell, Sir MacKenzie © Parks Canada
Address : Bridge Street, Belleville, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1945-05-16
Life Date: 1823 to 1917

Other Name(s):
  • Bowell, Sir MacKenzie  (Designation Name)

Importance: 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.