John R. Calhoun

John R. Calhoun

Served during the following dates: 1876-00-00

CALHOUN, JOHN R., merchant; b. in New Brunswick.
Calhoun, a Liberal, was elected to the House of Assembly in the 1876 general election for 4,h Prince. He served on several committees, including the Public Accounts Committee. Calhoun chaired the Special Committee to Report Standing Rules and Orders for the governance of the House of Assembly. In 1877 he presented a petition to the House on behalf of the citizens of Summerside, which stated that the Act for the Better Government of Towns and Villages was inadequate. The petition further requested an Act of Incorporation for Summerside to enable the residents to govern the town in an efficient manner. Calhoun's support of the petition was derived, in part, from his having been a member of the first town board of Summerside in 1875, a position which he held for two years.
Born in New Brunswick, Calhoun spent a significant part of his adult life in Summerside. In 1871 he was listed as an employee of J. L. Holman. At the same time, he operated a general store and sold lumber and flour. In 1878 he carried out business on the shore-front at Queen's wharf in Summerside. An 1878 Summerside map locates a sawmill and warehouse on the east end of the waterfront belonging to him. In the 1880-1881 Teare Directory of Prince Edward Island he was listed as a lumber merchant located on Eustance Street. It is known that John Montague Clarke'' worked for Calhoun in Summerside.

References: CPG 1879; Meacham's Atlas; Roads to Summerside pp. 69. 88; PEI Journal of the House of Assembly 1877; Examiner 19 April 1875; PARO: RG 19 series 3 subseries 1 volume 4 1871-1881 License Cash Books; Lovell's PEI Directory 1871; McAlpine PEI Directory 1870-71 p. 1362; MNI-Mercantile Agency Reference Book 1876; MNI-Teare Directory of PEI 1880-81. Guide to abbreviations

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