James Dew Chaplin

James Dew Chaplin, PC (March 20, 1863 August 23, 1937) was a Canadian politician.[1]

The Hon.

James Dew Chaplin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lincoln
In office
Preceded byEdward Arthur Lancaster
Succeeded byNorman Lockhart
Personal details
Born(1863-03-20)March 20, 1863
Toronto, Canada West
DiedAugust 23, 1937(1937-08-23) (aged 74)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Political partyConservative
RelationsAlexander Dew Chaplin, brother
ChildrenGordon Chaplin
Edna Anderson, Granddaughter
CabinetMinister of Trade and Commerce (1926)

Born in Toronto, Canada West,[1] the son of William Lamont Chaplin and Harriet Dew,[2] Chaplin was educated at the Public Schools and St. Catharines Collegiate Institute. A manufacturer in St. Catharines, Ontario, he was president of the Chaplin Wheel Company, Canada Axe and Harvest Tool Company, and the Wallingford Manufacturing Company.[3] Chaplin served four years as a member of St. Catharines city council.[1]

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada representing the riding of Lincoln in the 1917 federal election. A Conservative, he was re-elected in 1921, 1925, 1926, and 1930. In 1926, he was the Minister of Trade and Commerce in the short lived cabinet of Arthur Meighen.[1]

In 1888, Chaplin married Edna Elizabeth Burgess. He died in St. Catharines at the age of 74.[2]

His brother Alexander Dew, his son Gordon and his granddaughter Edna Anderson also served in the House of Commons.[1]


  1. James Dew Chaplin – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  3. "A cyclopædia of Canadian biography". Internet Archive.

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