Biography of William Bucking

William Buckingham, late Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada, was born in Crediton, Devonshire, England, being a son of Robert and Jane (Ellis) Buckingham, both natives of the same county. When about twenty years of age he removed to Yorkshire, and became shorthand reporter for the Halifax Guardian. In 1857 Mr. Buckingham came to Toronto, Canada, and took a position as Parliamentary reporter on the Toronto Globe. Two years later, in company with William Coldwell, he established the Nor Wester at Fort Garry, the first newspaper published in what has since become the Province of Manitoba. Shortly afterwards he edited the Norfolk Reformer, Simcoe, and in 1863 became the editor and proprietor of the Stratford Beacon, a position which he held for ten years, making that paper a power in the cause of Reform, to which party he promptly allied himself on coming to Canada. Mr. Buckingham was Private Secretary to Postmaster-General Foley in 1862 and 1863; was official reporter to the Canadian delegation to England, at the time of the meeting of the Colonial Conference in 1866, for the purpose of making the final arrangement for the union of the British North American Colonies; in 1873 was sent to England by the Ontario Government on immigration business, and not long afterwards was offered the chief agency of that Province in London, but declined. On the formation...

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