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John Nesbitt Gerrard Kirchhoffer
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Birth: May 5, 1848
County Cork, Ireland
Death: Dec. 22, 1914
Ontario, Canada

Well Known Western Senator and Sportsman Dies Unexpectedly

Moved to Manitoba in 1883 and Founded Celebrated Plum Creek Settlement - Served as Soldier

Ottawa, Dec. 22 - The death occurred suddenly tonight of Hon. Senator John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer, at his residence, Somerset street. He had been ailing for several years but was up and around in his usual health until a few days ago, when he took a turn for the worse. Mrs. Kirchhoffer was present when death came. He was appointed to the upper house in 1897. He was chairman of the divorce committee.

John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer was the son of Rev. Richard C. Kirchhoffer, Church of England rector at Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland. He was born on May 5, 1848, and was educated at Marlborough college, one of the great English public schools. He took high honors, besides being captain of the both cricket and football elevens. He came to Canada in 1864, and studied in the law office of an uncle, the late Nesbitt Kirchhoffer, Q.C., and was called to the Ontario bar in 1871. He practised law in Port Hope until 1883, when he moved to Manitoba, and was the founder of the celebrated Plum Creek settlement, in the heart of which he resided at Souris. He was admitted to practice in Manitoba, 1884.

Mr. Kirchhoffer began to serve Canada during the Fenian raids of 1866, being ensign and subsequently captain in the Port Hope (46th) battalion of volunteers. He took part in the Northwest rebellion. In 1883 he was elected reeve of Glenwood, and for many years was re-elected to that office by acclamation. In 1885, he was elected a member of the western judicial district board, presenting the counties of Brandon and Dennis. He became chairman of that body. He was president of the Glenwood Agricultural society in 1884-5-6, and was elected president of the newly formed agricultural society of West Brandon. In this way, the future senator became acquainted with a larger number of people, and at the general provincial election of 1886, he decided to contest the seat for West Brandon against J. W. Sifton. It was a warm fight, bringing out a full vote. Mr. Kirchhoffer was elected by 14 majority.

Appointed Senator
In 1888 he ran for South Brandon, and was defeated. He did not again seek re-election to the legislature, but on Dec. 16, 1892, he was called to the Dominion senate. While not taking a very prominent part in debate, he exercised considerable influence, and displayed initiative. In 1895 and 1896, he was chairman of the senate divorce committee, a post from which he resigned for reasons which were given, and which caused some stir at the time. Throughout his political career, he was a staunch advocate of a railway to Hudson Bay. He had also large commercial interests, having been manager of the Imperial Loan and Investment Company for Manitoba, a director in the Ladue Gold mining company and other corporations. With all who were associated with him, he left the impression of being a man of good ability, intelligent and practical, and of the highest character.

Entertained King
Senator Kirchhoffer entertained the Prince of Wales (now King George) at his hunting lodge on Lake Manitoba during His Majesty's tour in Canada in 1901. Over 1,000 ducks were killed in one day during the outing. The late senator was a member of the Manitoba club, Winnipeg. He was a Conservative in politics. He was always from his college days a great patron of all kinds of sports, and was particularly well known as a leading cricketer in Ontario. He was at one time president of the Ontario Cricket association and of the Canadian Zingari, and captain of the International teams that played against the United States in 1881 and 1882. His name was prominently connected in later years with the establishment of a game preserve on Lake Manitoba. At one time he was champion wing shot of Manitoba.

Senator Kirchhoffer belonged to the Church of England. He was twice married; first, to Miss Ada, daughter of Dr. William Smith, of Port Hope; and secondly, to Miss Clara, daughter of Rev. I. B. Howard. 
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  Clara Louisa Howard Kirchhoffer (1846 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Brandon Municipal Cemetery
Brandon Census Division
Manitoba, Canada
Plot: Section: 001, Plot: 002, Subplot: 001
Created by: Glen E. Carter
Record added: Mar 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50499311
John Nesbitt Gerrard Kirchhoffer
Added by: Mary Macleish
John Nesbitt Gerrard Kirchhoffer
Added by: Mary Macleish
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