The Hon.
David Tisdale
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Norfolk South
In office
Preceded byJoseph Jackson
Succeeded byElectoral district was abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Norfolk
In office
Preceded byElectoral district was created
Succeeded byAlexander McCall
Personal details
Born(1835-09-08)September 8, 1835
Charlotteville Township, Upper Canada
DiedMarch 31, 1911(1911-03-31) (aged 75)
Simcoe, Ontario[1]
Political partyConservative
CabinetMinister of Militia and Defense (1896)

David Tisdale, PC (September 8, 1835 – March 31, 1911) was a Canadian politician.[2]

Born in Charlotteville Township, Upper Canada,[2] the son of Ephraim Tisdale and Hannah Price,[1] he was educated at the Simcoe Grammar School and called to the Ontario bar in 1858. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1872. He served in the Canadian Militia at the time of the Trent Affair in 1861, was promoted Captain in 1862 and at Niagara in 1865. He also did service during the Fenian raids in 1866. He was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 39th Norfolk Battalion of Infantry on September 28, 1866. He retired, retaining his rank, in 1876.[3] He served on the town council for Simcoe, also serving as reeve and as a member of the council for Norfolk County. Tisdale was president of the Crown Life Insurance Company, the St. Clair and Erie Ship Canal Company and the Wawa Gold Mining Company.[1]

He ran but was defeated for the House of Commons of Canada in the 1874 federal election in the riding of Norfolk North, but was elected in 1887 in Norfolk South. A Conservative, he was re-elected in 1891, 1896, 1900, and 1904. In 1896, he was the Minister of Militia and Defence.[2]

Tisdale married Sarah Araminta Walker in 1858.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  2. ^ a b c David Tisdale – Parliament of Canada biography
  3. ^ The Canadian Parliament; biographical sketches and photo-engravures of the senators and members of the House of Commons of Canada. Being the tenth Parliament, elected November 3, 1904