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Sir John Young
31 August 1807 – 6 October 1876

 


Born
31 August 1807 in Bombay, India, eldest son of Sir William Young, 1st Baronet of Bailieborough, who was a director of the East India Company
Education
He was educated at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating in 1829 and was called to the bar in 1834.
Married
John Young married April 8th, 1835, Adelaide Annabella Dalton, daughter of Edward Tuite Dalton, Esquire, of Fermor, County Meath, Ireland, and his wife, Olivia.
Early Years

In 1831 he became a Member of Parliament, as member for the county of Cavan in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, a position he held for 24 years.

In 1841 he was a Lord of the Treasury for Sir Robert Peel, Secretary of the Treasury in 1844 and Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1852 to 1855.

He was appointed Lord High Commissioner to the Ionian Islands in 1855.

Governor of New South Wales

Young was appointed Governor of New South Wales in 1860 and was immediately confronted by a crisis stemming from the attempt by the Secretary for Lands, John Robertson to push radical land legislation through the Parliament.

This legislation was passionately opposed by the majority of the Legislative Council.

Young agreed to the request of the Premier, Charles Cowper to swamp the Council with new 21 appointees to get the legislation through, although in fact sufficient members of the Council resigned that a quorum could not be formed, forcing it to be prorogued and replaced by a new Council with appointed life members.

In due course this passed the land legislation.

The rest of his term in New South Wales was less eventful.

Governor General of Canada

Young assumed the office of Governor General of Canada in 1868, when it was vacated by his predecessor (and fellow Irishman), the 4th Viscount Monck, but did not officially take up the position until his swearing in on 2 February 1869.

After the end of his term in 1872, he returned to Ireland.

Died
He died on 6 October 1876 at Lisgar House (also known as Castle House), near Bailieborough in County Cavan, Ireland, survived by his wife.

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