6th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
June 1, 1887 to May 24, 1892
Born in 1822 in Hedon, Yorkshire, the son of a doctor, Alexander Campbell came to Canada in infancy. He lived in Montréal, Lachine, and Kingston. Educated at College de Saint-Hyacinthe and Kingston Grammar School, he was called to the bar in 1843. He was a law partner of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston. In 1856, he married Georgina Sandwith. Alexander Campbell became a member of the Legislative Council in 1858, and held the positions of Speaker and Commissioner of Crown Lands. He became a Senator in 1867 and served as Postmaster General, Minister of the Interior, Leader of the Opposition (1878-1887), and as minister without portfolio in Macdonald’s cabinet from 1878 to 1887. In 1887, Campbell was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. A tireless promoter of education, he died in office in 1892.