The 36 men traditionally regarded as the Fathers of Confederation were those who represented British North American colonies at one or more of the conferences that lead to Confederation on 1 July 1867, including the Charlottetown Conference (September 1864), the Québec Conference (October 1864) and the London Conference (1866–67).
Sir John Alexander Macdonald was the dominant creative mind which produced the British North America Act and the union of provinces which became Canada. As the first prime minister of Canada, he oversaw the expansion of the Dominion from sea to sea. His government dominated politics for a half century and set policy goals for future generations of political leaders.
Isaac Buchanan, merchant, politician, pamphleteer (b at Glasgow, Scot 21 July 1810; d at Hamilton, Ont 1 Oct 1883). As founder and leading local partner of Upper Canada's largest wholesale firm, he was prominent from 1832 to 1844 in the commerce of Toronto and, after 1851, of Hamilton.