Canadian History/Governors General

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The following is a list of the Governors and Governor General of Canada and the previous territories and colonies that now make up the country. For the governors of New France see: Governor of New France.

Governors from the Conquest to the union of the CanadasEdit

Name Term Sovereign
Jeffrey Amherst 17601763 George III
James Murray 17641768
Guy Carleton 17681778
Sir Frederick Haldimand 17781786
The Lord Dorchester 17861796
Robert Prescott 17961807
Sir James Henry Craig 18071811
Sir George Prevost 18121815
Sir John Coape Sherbrooke 18161818
The Duke of Richmond and Lennox 18181819
The Earl of Dalhousie 18201828 George IV
Sir James Kempt 18281830
The Lord Aylmer 18301835 William IV
The Earl of Gosford* 18351837
Sir John Colborne* 18371838 (acting)

(*) Lord Gosford resigned in November 1837 during the Lower Canada Rebellion. Colborne was raised to commander in chief of British forces and acting governor-general to put down the 1837 Rebellions and restore order in both Upper Canada and Lower Canada. He remained in place until Lord Durham's arrival.

Governors General of the Province of CanadaEdit

Name Term Sovereign
The Earl of Durham 18381839 Victoria
The Lord Sydenham 18391841
The Rt Hon Charles, Lord Bagot 18421843
The Lord Metcalfe 18431845
The Earl Cathcart 18461847
The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine 18471854
Sir Edmund Walker Head 18541861
The Viscount Monck 18611867

Governors General of Canada since ConfederationEdit


Name Term Sovereign
The Viscount Monck 18671869 Victoria
The Lord Lisgar 18691872
The Earl of Dufferin 18721878
Marquess of Lorne 18781883
The Marquess of Lansdowne 18831888
The Lord Stanley of Preston 18881893
The Earl of Aberdeen 18931898
The Earl of Minto 18981904
Edward VII
The Earl Grey 19041911
George V
HRH The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn 19111916
The Duke of Devonshire 19161921
The Lord Byng of Vimy 19211926
The Viscount Willingdon 19261931
The Earl of Bessborough 19311935
The Lord Tweedsmuir 19351940
Edward VIII
George VI
Sir Lyman Poore Duff* 1940 (acting)
The Earl of Athlone 19401946
The Viscount Alexander of Tunis 19461952

(*) As Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Duff was technically the first Canadian to serve as Governor General, though he only did so in an acting capacity for a few months following Lord Tweedsmuir's death.


Name Term Sovereign
His Excellency Vincent Massey 19521959 Elizabeth II
His Excellency Georges Vanier 19591967
His Excellency Robert Taschereau 1967 (acting)
His Excellency Roland Michener 19671974
His Excellency Jules Léger 19741979
His Excellency Edward Schreyer 19791984
Her Excellency Jeanne Sauvé 19841990
His Excellency Ramon John Hnatyshyn 19901995
His Excellency Roméo LeBlanc 19951999
Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson 19992005
Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean 2005
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