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Martin Burrell

Martin Burrell
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Yale—Cariboo
In office
October 26, 1908 – December 16, 1917
Preceded byDuncan Ross
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Yale
In office
December 17, 1917 – July 7, 1920
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byJohn Armstrong MacKelvie
Minister of Agriculture
In office
October 16, 1911 – October 11, 1917
Prime MinisterRobert Borden
Preceded bySydney Arthur Fisher
Succeeded byThomas Crerar
Secretary of State for Canada
In office
October 12, 1917 – December 30, 1919
Prime MinisterRobert Borden
Preceded byArthur Meighen
Succeeded byArthur Sifton
Minister of Mines
In office
October 12, 1917 – December 30, 1919
Prime MinisterRobert Borden
Preceded byArthur Meighen
Succeeded byArthur Meighen
Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue
In office
December 31, 1919 – July 7, 1920
Prime MinisterRobert Borden
Preceded byJohn Dowsley Reid (Acting)
Succeeded byRupert Wilson Wigmore
Parliamentary Librarian
In office
1920–1938
Preceded byMartin Joseph Griffin
Succeeded byFrancis Aubrey Hardy
Personal details
Born(1858-10-19)October 19, 1858
Faringdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), England
DiedMarch 20, 1938(1938-03-20) (aged 79)
Political partyConservative

Martin Burrell PC (October 19, 1858 – March 20, 1938) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Faringdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), Burrell emigrated to Canada as a young man, where he eventually became a fruit grower on a farm about two miles east of Grand Forks, British Columbia. His farm was the largest apple tree nursery in the province.

He was elected mayor of Grand Forks, British Columbia in 1903. He first ran unsuccessfully for the House of Commons of Canada as the Conservative candidate in the 1904 federal election for the constituency of Yale—Cariboo. He was elected in the 1908 federal election and re-elected in 1911. In 1917 he was re-elected as a Unionist.

Burrell served as the Minister of Agriculture in the Borden government from 1911 to 1917, and from 1917 to 1919, as Secretary of State of Canada and Minister of Mines. From 1919 to 1920, he was the Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue. He also helped secure the departure of the Komagata Maru, against those mistreating the passengers and prolonging the departure date.[citation needed]

A fire damaged the Parliament Buildings in 1917, and Burrell was badly injured in it. From that time he filled the position of librarian for the Library of Parliament. After leaving politics, he remained in Ottawa and kept the position of Parliamentary Librarian until his death in 1938. He is buried in Beechwood Cemetery.

Burrell Creek near Grand Forks, British Columbia, is named in his honour.

Political offices Preceded bySydney Arthur Fisher Minister of Agriculture 1911–1917 Succeeded byThomas Crerar Preceded byArthur Meighen Secretary of State for Canada 1917–1919 Succeeded byArthur Sifton Preceded byArthur Meighen Minister of Mines 1917–1919 Succeeded byArthur Meighen Preceded byJohn Dowsley Reid (Acting) Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue 1919–1920 Succeeded byRupert Wilson Wigmore Government offices Preceded byMartin Joseph Griffin Parliamentary Librarian 1920–1938 Succeeded byFrancis Aubrey Hardy
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