Captain John Lovitt fonds

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Captain John Lovitt fonds

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  • 1862-1870 (Creation)
    Lovitt, John, Captain, 1832-1908

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2 cm of textual records

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John Lovitt was born on 9 October 1832 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to John Walker Lovitt and Ann Jenkins. Born into a prosperous shipping family, he went to sea at an early age and soon became a captain on his father's vessels, as well as being part owner of several ships with his father and brother. He married Elizabeth Guest in Yarmouth in 1860 and they had three sons and five daughters. His family often accompanied him when he went to sea. When Lovitt's father died in 1874, Lovitt retired from sea life to form a partnership with his brother. Lovitt and Company became one of the more successful shipping firms in Yarmouth. Lovitt was elected to the House of Assembly for Yarmouth County in 1874 as a Liberal and served until 1878. In 1875 Lovitt was named to the board of directors of the Bank of Yarmouth and was president when the bank was forced to close in 1905 due to negligence and mismanagement. In 1887 Lovitt was elected to the House of Commons for Yarmouth as a Liberal-Repeal candidate. He was unseated and then re-elected in a by-election. He sat in Parliament until 1891. Lovitt became a senator in December 1896 and held the post until his death on 13 April 1908.

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Fonds consists of correspondence from Lovitt's father and other business letters, as well as a newspaper advertisement from Lovitt's campaign for a seat in the House of Commons and Lovitt's funeral memorial.

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Transcripts should be used instead of the originals.

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