Mount Sir John Abbott

British Columbia. Mount
Premier Range, SW of Tête Jaune Cache
52.8 N 119.8 W — Map 83D/13 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1927
Official in BCCanada

This peak of the Premier Range, formerly known as Kiwa Peak, was named in 1927 for John Joseph Caldwell Abbott Abbott [1821–1893], who became prime minister of Canada on the death of Sir John A. Macdonald in 1891. Abbot’s health was poor and he resigned in 1892.

Abbott was born in St. Andrews, Lower Canada, and was educated in law at McGill College. Elected to the House of Assembly in 1857, he was appointed solicitor general in 1862. He lost his seat in the Pacific scandal of 1873, which brought down Macdonald and the Conservatives on charges of having taken election funds from promoters who were seeking the Canadian Pacific Railway charter. Re-elected in 1880, Abbott was appointed to the Senate in 1887.


  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967

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