Avard Longley

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Avard Longley
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Annapolis
In office
1878–1882
Preceded by William Hallett Ray
Succeeded by William Hallett Ray
Personal details
Born (1823-02-22)February 22, 1823
Paradise, Nova Scotia
Died February 22, 1884(1884-02-22) (aged 61)
Paradise, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative

Avard Longley (February 22, 1823 – February 22, 1884) was a farmer, merchant and politician in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Annapolis County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1859 to 1867 and again from 1874 to 1878 and represented Annapolis in the Canadian House of Commons from 1878 to 1882 as a Conservative member.

He was born in Paradise, Nova Scotia, the son of Asaph Longley and Dorcas Poole. In 1848, he married Hannah Maria Whitman. Longley married Charlotte Augusta Troop in 1855. Longley was first elected to the assembly in 1859 as a temperance advocate. He was commissioner of railways from 1864 to 1869. Longley helped found the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association and served as its president from 1883 to 1884. He ran unsuccessfully for a federal seat in 1867 and 1872 and was defeated when he ran for a seat in the provincial assembly in 1871. Longley served on the board of governors for Acadia College from 1874 to 1884. Still a temperance advocate, while in Ottawa, he attempted to have the bar in the House of Commons closed permanently. Longley did not run for reelection in 1882 due to poor health. He died in Paradise at the age of 61.

Election results

Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Avard Longley 1,301
Liberal William Hallett Ray 1,298
Canadian federal election, 1872
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal William Hallett Ray 1,129
Conservative Avard Longley 1,019
Canadian federal election, 1867: Annapolis
Party Candidate Votes %
Anti-Confederation William Hallett Ray 1,171 53.54
Conservative Avard Longley 1,016 46.46
Total valid votes 2,187 100.0  
This electoral district was created by the British North America Act, 1867 from the colonial Province of Nova Scotia'a Annapolis electoral district. Both Avard Longley and William Hallett Ray were incumbents, along with George Whitman.
Source: Library of Parliament[1]

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