Fonds ID343 - Edward Barron Chandler

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Edward Barron Chandler

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1.3 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Edward Barron Chandler was born at Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1800, the son of Charles Henry Chandler and Elizabeth Rice. Charles was for many years high sheriff of the county of Cumberland, Nova Scotia. He was the grandson of Joshua Chandler, of New Haven, Conn., a noted Loyalist, and member of the Connecticut legislature in 1775, who settled in Nova Scotia. at the close of the revolution.

Edward Chandler was educated at Amherst; studied law with the Hon. William Botsford of Westock; he was called to the bar of New Brunswick in 1823, settled at Dorchester, and then practised his profession for more than forty years. He was created a Queen's Counsel fifteen or twenty years after being admitted as a barrister. He was appointed a judge of probate for Westmorland county in 1823 and held office until 1878; and was clerk of peace from 1823 to 1862.

He represented Westmorland county in the House of Assembly from 1827 to 1836, when he was called to the Legislative Council. He was a member of the Executive Council from 1844 to 1858, and from 1867 to 1869, when he resigned on being appointed an Intercolonial railway commissioner.

Chandler was one of the Fathers of Confederation. He was member of the conference held in Charlottetown in 1864 and in 1866 went to London as part of the delegation to complete the terms of Confederation. In 1878 he was appointed lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, and died at the government house in 1880.

He was member and church warden of the Trinity Episcopal church. He married Phoebe W. Millidge, youngest daughter of Stephen Millidge, of Westock and niece of Judge Botsford in 1822. They had eleven children, four of them being; Edward Barron, a barrister at Dorchester; George W.; Charles U.; Amos H. was a physician and surgeon at Moncton, N.B.

Canadian Biographical Dictionary, 1881

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This fonds includes:

  • Chandler's correspondence re politics and history;
  • Correspondence of Chandler family;
  • Westmorland Parish Assessments;
  • Chandler's legal papers;
  • Westmorland County marriages 1833-1856;
  • Moncton and Botsford Census Returns, 1852;
  • W.C. Milner's notes;
  • Dorchester P.O. receipts;
  • North Joggins, list of scholars for 1841;
  • Baptist Seminary lists of texts;
  • Militia summons;
  • Marriage certificates;
  • Westmorland General Sessions notice;
    Note: Detailed evaluation needed

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  • English

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S 66 - F3-F4

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