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John Abbott, who had served as a Tory MP since 1881, was made a member of the Senate of Canada on the advice of Sir John A. Macdonald on this date in 1887. A former Mayor of Montreal, Abbott was also a highly regarded corporate lawyer in his pre-politics career.

Upon entering the upper house, Abbott became Government Leader in the Senate. Upon Macdonald of Kingston’s death in 1891, Abbott was then appointed Prime Minister. One of his most impressive political feats during his 17 months as PM was the fact, he and his party won 42 of 52 by-elections (!)

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist.  He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy.  A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.
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