John Wimburn Laurie
John Wimburn Laurie was a soldier and political figure in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime provinces and is the most populous province in Atlantic Canada. The name of the province is Latin for "New Scotland," but "Nova Scotia" is the recognized, English-language name of the province. The provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the...

, Canada and England
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. He represented Shelburne
Shelburne (federal electoral district)
Shelburne was a federal electoral district in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1896.It was created by the British North America Act of 1867. It consisted of the County of Shelburne...

 in the Canadian House of Commons
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 from 1887 to 1891 as a Conservative
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 member and was a member of the British House of Commons representing Pembroke and Haverfordwest
Pembroke and Haverfordwest (UK Parliament constituency)
Pembroke and Haverfordwest was a parliamentary constituency centred on the towns of Pembroke and Haverfordwest in West Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.- History :The constituency...

 from 1895 to 1905.

He was born in London
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, England, the son of John Laurie and Eliza Helen Collett, and educated at Harrow
Harrow School
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, Dresden
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 and Sandhurst
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
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. He entered the British Army
British Army
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 in 1853 and served in the Crimean War
Crimean War
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 and in the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny. Laurie also served during the North-West Rebellion
North-West Rebellion
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 of 1885. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in 1887. In 1863, he married Frances R. Collins. Laurie was warden for Halifax County
Halifax County, Nova Scotia
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 in 1880. He was defeated by Thomas Robertson
Thomas Robertson (Nova Scotia politician)
Thomas Robertson was a Canadian civil servant, entrepreneur and politician. Robertson was a Liberal member of Parliament for the electoral district of Shelburne in the Canadian House of Commons from 1878 to 1887, a Nova Scotia Liberal member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1894 to 1902,...

 in the 1887 general election
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; Robertson's election was overturned on appeal and Laurie won the subsequent by-election later the same year. That election was declared void but Laurie was elected again in 1888. He returned to England and was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the British House of Commons in 1892.

Laurie was a prominent freemason, serving as Grand Master for Nova Scotia and provincial grand master for South Wales. During his time in Nova Scotia, he served as president of the Central Board of Agriculture. Laurie was chairman of the Canadian trade section of the London Chamber of Commerce. He was named a knight of the Order of St. Sava
Order of St. Sava
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and of the Order of the Red Cross of Servia.
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