Edward Horan Appointed as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kingston

January 8, 1858 - June 16, 1874
The view from the tower of St. Mary's Cathedral, 279 Johnson St., Kingston, ON circa 1916 by Clifford M. Johnston. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
The view from the tower of St. Mary's Cathedral, 279 Johnson St., Kingston, ON circa 1916 by Clifford M. Johnston. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Edward Horan is appointed Roman Catholic bishop of Kingston in 1858, and soon makes the acquaintance of Macdonald. Both men are shrewd politicians. During the negotiations leading to Confederation, Bishop Horan plays a strong role in advocating for the development of Separate Schools in Ontario. During the 1872 election campaign, John A.'s campaign organizer and former law partner Alexander Campbell calls on the bishop to rally Catholic support. Historian Donald Swainson notes: “The bishop said this wasn't his usual practice but for these two Scottish Presbyterians he would make an exception.”