Title: 1st Governor General of Canada (1867-68) ...
Publisher: Photographed by T. Cranfield, Dublin
Publication Date: 1860
Binding: No binding
Book Condition: Very Good
Both the print and the mount are in excellent condition. Dimensions: The dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approx. 4.1 by 2.5 inches (105 mm by 63 mm). A carte-de-visite portrait of Charles Stanley Monck (1819-1894), 4th Viscount Monck, the last Governor General of the Province of Canada and the first Governor General of Canada after Canadian Confederation. Prior to Confederation he was concurrently Lieutenant Governor of both Canada West and Canada East. Prior to being appointed as Governor General of Canada, Monck graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in law and in 1852 he was elected MP for Portsmouth. In 1844, he married his cousin Lady Elizabeth Louise Mary Monck and they had seven children, four of whom lived to adulthood. He succeeded his father in his Irish titles as 4th Viscount Monck on 20 April 1849 and in 1866 he was created a peer of the United Kingdom as Baron Monck. He was Lord of the Treasury in the Palmerston government between 1855 and 1858. Lord Monck served as the Governor of the province of Canada and the Governor General of British North America from 1861 to 1867. Lord Monck worked hard to build Confederation. His efforts to unite and stabilize the young country were recognized with his appointment to the position of Canada's first Governor General in 1867. In the course of his term, Lord Monck used his influence to diffuse the explosive potential not only of the 'Trent Affair' but also of many others which followed. His skill as a diplomat in Canadian-American relations was matched by his ability in promoting Confederation. He helped build 'The Great Coalition,' the consolidation of the Reform and Conservative parties that was key to the colonies' pursuit of federalism. In Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, he was a tireless promoter of unity and played a leading role in the preparations for a federal union. In a visit to the new capital of Ottawa in 1864, Lord Monck saw Rideau Hall, which became the Governor General's residence, and was purchased by the Government of Canada from the MacKay estate in 1868 for $82,000. The battered condition of the roads often resulted in Lord Monck travelling to Parliament by canopied boat up the Ottawa River. When his term of office ended in 1868, he returned to Ireland. He served as Lord Lieutenant of County Dublin from 1874 to 1892. He died on 29 November 1894. Bookseller Inventory # 2399
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