Hon. Hewitt Bostock (1864 - 1930)

Family Trees: Bostock - Part 21 , Bostock - Part 24
Son of: Samuel Bostock (1809) and Marion (1830) Census
Born: 31/5/1864 in Walton, Surrey T Jun1864
Baptised: 26/6/1864 in Walton, Surrey PR
Died: 28/4/1930 in Monte Creek, BC, Canada SH, BCD
Will: Will proved 6/9/1930 in London SH
Married: Lizzie Jane McCombie (1868) FBT
Children: Marian Noel (1891) , Alexander Hewitt (1893) , Ethel Jean (1894) , Annie Elizabeth Macnamara (1896) , Hugh Samuel (1901) , William Norman Archibald (1903) , Jessie Septima Cowie (1905) , Ada Ruth (1910) Various

1871 Census, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, aged 6
1881 Census, Stoke, Surrey, aged 16 777.15
1891 Census, Kamloops, Yale, British Columbia, age 24, farmer (see below). 7
1891 Census, Godalming, Surrey, age 27, barrister at law (see below). 561.32
1891 Census, Grand Prairie, Yale, British Columbia, age 26, farmer (see below). 5
1901 Census, Vancouver, British Columbia, aged 36. 23
1911 Census, The Charterhouse, Holborn, London, age 46, Senator in Canadian Parliament, rancher. 2
1921 Census, Monte Creek, BC, age 57, farmer. 3

Graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge; BA 1885; MA 1890.
Admitted Lincoln's Inn, 1883.
Called to the Bar 1888, but never practised.
Went to British Columbia and settled on a ranch at Monte Creek in 1893.
Senator for British Columbia from 1904.
Leader of the Liberals in Canadian Senate 1914 - 1921.
Minister of Public Works 1921 - 1922.
Privy Counsellor.
Speaker of the Canadian Senate 1922 - 1930.

Liberal MP for Yale - Cariboo, BC from 1896.
Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute, and of the Royal Agricultural Society, England.
Hon Member of Cobden Club.
President of the Canadian Branch of St. Johns Ambulance Association.
An Anglican.

Additional material from ACAG.
Educated by tutor at Sutton, Surrey, then Brighton, Sussex, then Guildford, Surrey.
Became a rancher and fruit-grower in Monte Creek, BC, Canada.
Did much to aid development of British Columbia.
He was Liberal Whip in the Candian House of Commons.
Member of the Executive Committee of the British Empire League of Canada.
Vice President of the Canadaian Forestry Association.
One time proprietor of 'The Province' newspaper.
Tribute: "The dominant keynote of his character is his sincerity." (Province).
Tribute: "He is in politics for what he may do for the State, not what the State may do for him." (Herald).

The 1891 census recordings are a real puzzle. Hewitt seems to be in 3 places at the same time, having slightly different ages, and with a different wife in one case! The Kamloops, Yale, BC census was taken on 4/4/1891, where he is recorded with his wife Mary, aged 21! But the very next day he is recorded as being in Godalming, Surrey visiting an assistant master of Charterhouse School with his wife Lizzie Jane McCombie. Then 8 days later on 13/4/1891 he is recorded to be at Grand Prairie, Yale, BC this time living with his wife Elizabeth. If his name were not Hewitt, one would take it that these were 3 different people, but somehow it must be him that was being recorded in each case. It is as though he left people living in his farms, who took up his identity when the census taker called! One of them forgot his wife's name. Who knows?

The following well-rounded obituary has been posted on the Find a Grave website:

Hewitt was a Canadian publisher, businessman and politician. He was born in Walton Heath, Epsom, England and studied at Trinity College, Cambridge graduating with honours in mathematics. He then studied law and was called to the bar in 1888. Rather than begin a legal practice he toured North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan before settling in British Columbia in 1893 starting a ranch and lumber company.

He founded the Province newspaper and then entered politics winning election to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal in the 1896 election, representing the riding of Yale—Cariboo for one term (until the 1900 election). In 1904, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate by the prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier. A decade later he became Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Senate. He broke with the Laurier Liberals over the Conscription Crisis of 1917, and became a Liberal-Unionist, campaigning in favour of the Union government of Sir Robert Borden during the 1917 election.

Following World War I, Hewitt reconciled with the Liberals and, in 1921, became Minister of Public Works in the Liberal government of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Several months later, in 1922, he became Speaker of the Canadian Senate and held the position until his death in 1930. In 1925, he served as a member of the Canadian delegation to the Assembly of the League of Nations.

There is a Mount Hewitt Bostock (2183 m or 7162 ft) named in his honour in the northern end of the Canadian Cascades, about 20 kilometres northeast of the Fraser Canyon town of Boston Bar, which is in what had been the riding of Yale—Cariboo where his political career began (today in Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon).

Portrait photo from Find a Grave.