John J.C. (The Orchid Man) Abbott, June 1891 – November 1892
Our third Prime Minister was just as inept as Mackenzie Bowell, but so much more dull - this man’s claim to fame was his great collection of orchids.
He reluctantly took the helm of the divided Conservative cabinet, one of the “cursed four” who followed MacDonald.
Abbott had a long history of supporting Canada, as he was against Confederation and thought America’s policy of annexing Canada was a great idea. Abbott was not just known for his great patriotism, he was also known for his brilliant work morale – “I hate politics” was one of his favorite sayings. He also hated “notoriety, public meetings, public speeches, caucuses and everything of which is apparently the necessary incident of politics.”
Abbot governed from the senate and by many accounts it was John Thompson who was actually holding the reins, I suppose growing Orchids takes a lot of work.
A year and a half as PM, and the only info I could find on the guy was that he liked Orchids…he’s definitely number 19.