Francis Stillman Barnard

Francis Stillman Barnard

Sir Francis Stillman Barnard, K.C.M.G. (May 16 1856 – April 11 1936) was a Canadian parliamentarian and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Barnard is often referred to as Frank Barnard, as was his father Francis Jones Barnard, who as the founder of Barnard's Express, was one of BC's more notable pioneer entrepreneurs.

Stillman was born on May 16, 1856, in Toronto, Ontario, and in 1860 was moved with his mother to Victoria, BC, where his father had preceded them by a year. He attended the Collegiate School in Victoria from 1866 to 1870 and was sent to Hellmuth College in London, Ontario, to continue his education. In 1873 he returned to British Columbia and assisted his father in the operation of the family business, the B.C. Express Company a.k.a. Barnard's Express. In 1880 he was appointed him manager of the company when his father's health turned for the worse. He continued in this position he continued until 1888, when he resigned to successfully run for the Cariboo seat in the House of Commons. Politically he was labelled a "liberal conservative" and was an ardent supporter of John A. Macdonald, and campaigned and worked actively for the rapid settlement and development of the province.

In addition to his primary role in the B.X. Express, Barnard was president and majority shareholder of Victoria Transfer Co. Ltd. and its counterpart the Vancouver Transfer Co. Ltd. He was director and secretary of the Vancouver Improvement Company, and also a director of the Hastings Sawmill Company, the British Columbia Milling and Mining Company, and of the Selkirk Mining and Smelting Company. He was also a Victoria city councillor in 1886 and 1887. He was a member of the Union Club in Victoria, and of the Rideau Club in Ottawa.

From 1914 to 1919, he was the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He was knighted in 1919.

In 1883 he married Martha Amelia Sophia Loewen, and in married life resided at Duval Cottage, Victoria.


* [ Biographical Dictionary of well-known British Columbians, with a historical sketch] , J.B. Kerr, 1890, at [ Early Canadiana Online]

External links

* [ Francis Stillman Barnard] at Find-A-Grave

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