Bagot, Sir Charles

Bagot, Sir Charles

(băg`ət), 1781–1843, British diplomat. As minister to the United States (1815–20) he negotiated the Rush-Bagot ConventionRush-Bagot Convention
, 1817, agreement between the United States and Great Britain concerning the Canadian border. It consisted of the exchange of notes signed by Richard Rush, Acting Secretary of State of the United States, and Charles Bagot, British minister in Washington.
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, which limited armaments along the U.S.-Canadian border. As governor-general of Canada (1841–43), he was instructed by the British cabinet to resist Canadian demands for responsible government along the lines proposed by the earl of DurhamDurham, John George Lambton, 1st earl of
, 1792–1840, British statesman. A stormy liberal career in Parliament (1813–32), which earned him the nickname Radical Jack, culminated in the important role he
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. Bagot, however, allowed Robert BaldwinBaldwin, Robert,
1804–58, Canadian statesman, leader of the movement for representative government in Canada, b. York (now Toronto), Ont. His father, William Warren Baldwin (1775–1844), was a leader of the Reform party and a supporter of the principle of responsible
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 and Sir Louis LaFontaineLaFontaine, Sir Louis Hippolyte
, 1807–64, Canadian political leader, b. Lower Canada (now Quebec). A lawyer, he entered (1830) the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada and supported Louis Joseph Papineau in his opposition to the British administration but did not approve
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 to form a ministry on the basis of their parliamentary majority.
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