1786 – 1841: Governor Generals of the “Province of Canada”

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Below are lists of the former Governors General of New France and British North America called Canada became in 1867, and a list of the former Governors General of Canada since 1867. Two members of the Royal Family have held this post: the Duke of Connaught and the Earl of Athlone. The first Canadian born Governor General was Vincent Massey.

Former Governors of New France (1627 – 1763)

Dates of Office Governor (Born – Died)
1627 – 1635 Samuel de Champlain (b. 1567 – d. 1635)
1635 – 1648 Charles de Montmagny (b. 1583 – d. 1651)
1648 – 1651 Louis d’Ailleboust de Coulonge (b. 1612 – d. 1660)
1651 – 1657 Jean de Lauzon (b. 1582 – d. 1666)
1658 – 1661 Le Vicomte d’Argenson (b. 1625 – d. 1709)
1661 – 1663 Le Baron d’Avaugour (b. 1620 – d. 1664)
1663 – 1665 Augustin de Mésy (b. 1598 – d. 1665)
1665 – 1665 Alexandre De Prouville, Marquis de Tracy (b. 1603 – d. 1670)
1665 – 1672 Daniel de Courcelle (b. 1626 – d. 1698)
1672 – 1682 Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau (b. 1622 – d. 1698)
1682 – 1685 Joseph-Antoine de LaBarre (b. 1622 – d. 1688)
1685 – 1689 Le Marquis de Denonville (b. 1638 – d. 1710)
1689 – 1698 Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau (b. 1622 – d. 1698)
1698 – 1703 Louis-Hector de Callière (b. 1648 – d. 1703)
1703 – 1725 Philippe de Rigaud Vaudreuil (b. 1643 – d. 1725)
1725 – 1726 Charles Le Moyne, Baron de Longueuil (b. 1656 – d. 1725)
1726 – 1747 Charles de la Boische, Marquis de Beauharnois (b. 1670 – d. 1749)
1747 – 1749 Le Comte de la Galissonnière (b. 1693 – d. 1756)
1749 – 1752 Le Marquis de la Jonquière (b. 1658 – d. 1752)
1752 – 1755 Le Marquis de Duquesne (b. 1700 – d. 1778)
1755 – 10 Feb 1763 Pierre Francois de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal (b. 1698 – d. 1778)

Former Governors of British North America (1763 – 1841)

Dates of Office Governor (Born – Died)
1763 – 1766 General James Murray (b. 1712 – d. 1794)
1766 – 1778 Sir Guy Carleton (b. 1724 – d. 1808)
1778 – 1778 General Sir Frederick Haldimand (b. 1718 – d. 1791)
1778 – 1786 Sir Guy Carleton, Lord Dorchester (b. 1724 – d. 1808)
1786 – 1808 General Robert Prescott (b. 1725 – d. 1816)
1808 – 1811 Lieutenant General Sir James Craig (b. 1749 – d. 1812)
1811 – 1815 Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost (b. 1767 – d. 1816)
1815 – 1816 Lieutenant General Gordon Drummond (b. 1771 – d. 1854)
1816 – 1818 Sir John Coape Sherbrooke (b. 1764 – d. 1830)
1818 – 1820 Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond (b. 1764 – d. 1819)
1820 – 1828 George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie (b. 1770 – d. 1838)
1828 – 1830 Major General Sir James Kempt (b. 1764 – d. 1854)
1830 – 1835 Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, 5th Baron Aylmer (b. 1775 – d. 1850)
1835 – 1838 Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (b. 1776 – d. 1849)
1838 – 1839 John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (b. 1792 – d. 1840)
1839 – 05 Feb 1841 Charles Edward Poulett Thomson, Baron Sydenham (b. 1799 – d. 1841)

Former Governors of the Province of Canada (1841 – 1867)

Dates of Office Governor (Born – Died)
05 Feb 1841 – 19 Sep 1841 Charles Edward Poulett Thomson, Baron Sydenham (b. 1799 – d. 1841)
19 Sep 1841 – 12 Jan 1842 Sir Richards Downes Jackson (Acting) (b. 1777 – d. 1845)
12 Jan 1842 – 19 May 1843 Sir Charles Bagot (b. 1781 – d. 1843)
19 May 1843 – 30 May 1843 Sir Richards Downes Jackson (Acting) (b. 1777 – d. 1845)
30 May 1843 – 26 Nov 1845 Sir Charles Theophilus Metcalfe (b. 1785 – d. 1846)
26 Nov 1845 – 30 Jan 1847 Charles Murray Cathcart, Earl of Cathcart (b. 1783 – d. 1859)
30 Jan 1847 – 19 Dec 1854 James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine (b. 1811 – d. 1863)
19 Dec 1854 – 25 Oct 1861 Sir Edmund Walker Head (b. 1805 – d. 1868)
25 Oct 1861 – 01 Jul 1867 Charles Stanley, Viscount Monck of Ballytrammon (b. 1819 – d. 1894)

Former Governors General of Canada (1867 – Present)

Dates of Office Governor General (Born – Died)
01 Jul 1867 – 02 Feb 1869 The Viscount Monck (b. 1819 – d. 1894)
02 Feb 1869 – 25 Jun 1872 Lord Lisgar (b. 1807 – d. 1876)
25 Jun 1872 – 25 Nov 1878 The Earl of Dufferin (b. 1826 – d. 1902)
05 Nov 1878 – 23 Oct 1883 The Duke of Argyll (b. 1845 – d. 1914)
23 Oct 1883 – 11 Jun 1888 The Marquess of Lansdowne (b. 1845 – d. 1927)
11 Jun 1888 – 18 Sep 1893 Lord Stanley (b. 1841 – d. 1908)
18 Sep 1893 – 12 Nov 1898 The Earl of Aberdeen (b. 1847 – d. 1934)
12 Nov 1898 – 10 Dec 1904 The Earl of Minto (b. 1845 – d. 1914)
10 Dec 1904 – 13 Oct 1911 Earl Grey (b. 1851 – d. 1917)
13 Oct 1911 – 11 Nov 1916 Field Marshal His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught (b. 1850 – d. 1942)
11 Nov 1916 – 11 Aug 1921 The Duke of Devonshire (b. 1868 – d. 1938)
11 Aug 1921 – 02 Oct 1926 General Lord Byng (b. 1862 – d. 1935)
02 Oct 1926 – 04 Apr 1931 The Viscount Willingdon (b. 1866 – d. 1941)
04 Apr 1931 – 04 Nov 1935 The Earl of Bessborough (b. 1880 – d. 1956)
04 Nov 1935 – 11 Feb 1940 Lord Tweedsmuir (b. 1875 – d. 1940)
21 Jun 1940 – 12 Apr 1946 Major General The Earl of Athlone (b. 1874 – d. 1957)
12 Apr 1946 – 28 Feb 1952 Field Marshal The Viscount Alexander (b. 1891 – d. 1969)
28 Feb 1952 – 15 Sep 1959 The Right Honourable Vincent Massey (b. 1887 – d. 1967)
15 Sep 1959 – 05 Mar 1967 Major General The Right Honourable Georges Vanier (b. 1888 – d. 1967)
17 Apr 1967 – 14 Jan 1974 The Right Honourable Roland Michener (b. 1900 – d. 1991)
14 Jan 1974 – 22 Jan 1979 The Right Honourable Jules Léger (b. 1913 – d. 1980)
22 Jan 1979 – 14 May 1984 The Right Honourable Edward Schreyer (b. 1935)
14 May 1984 – 29 Jan 1990 The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé (b. 1922 – d. 1993)
29 Jan 1990 – 08 Feb 1995 The Right Honourable Ray Hnatyshyn (b. 1934 – d. 2002)
08 Feb 1995 – 07 Oct 1999 The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc (b. 1927 – d. 2009)
07 Oct 1999 – 27 Sep 2005 The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson (b. 1939)
27 Sep 2005 – 01 Oct 2010 The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (b. 1957)
01 Oct 2010 – 02 Oct 2017 The Right Honourable David Johnston (b. 1941)
02 Oct 2017 – The Right Honourable Julie Payette (b. 1963)

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