Thursday, February 24, 2011

1970 Sir Oliver Mowat

Sir Oliver Mowatt (1820 - 1903), one of the Fathers of Confederation, was born in Kingston and studied law under Sir John A. Macdonld. After moving to Toronto in 1840, he was elected a Liberal member of the legislature of the Province of Canada in 1857 and served as provincial secretary in 1859 and postmaster general, 1863-64. He took part in the Quebec Conference of 1864, which led to Confederation in 1867.

In 1872, Mowat became Ontario's third prime minister and retained that post for almost 24 years. Resigning in 1894, he accepted a seat in the Senate, and became minister of Justice 1896-97 in the cabinet of Sir Wilfred Laurier. Mowat served as lieutenant-governor of Ontario from 1897 until his death.

A man who took pride in being regarded as a Christian statesman, Mowat's success in public life was widely attributed to a popularity and prestige gained through his tact and integrity.

Canada Post Office honoured Sir Oliver Mowat by issuing a stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of his birth on August 12, 1970.

National Archives of Canada

First Day Covers

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover

Schering Corporation

Canada Envelope Company

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Overseas Mailers

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Cole Cover


David Pritchard


International Air Mail Letter

Victoria to Tel Aviv, Israel, September 27, 1970
25 cents air mail letter rate to Israel ( 5 cents overpayment)

Returned by Israel Post Office