Balderston, John

John Balderston was present at the founding convention of the Tenant League on 19 May 1864 and was a founding member of the Tenant League. Prior to 1865, he was commissioner for the recovery of small debts and was elected to the Legislative Council in 1866. He was dismissed as Commissioner of small debts on 19 September 1865 for his connection with the Tenant League.

The positions of Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for the recovery of small debts, and Volunteer Captain provided nominal remuneration at most and, therefore, unlikely that anyone's livelihood was imperilled by dismissal from these positions. It was doubtful that removal for Tenant League activism undermined anyone's prestige in the community because both Balderston and Campbell were later elected to the legislature. Balderston's victory on 19 December 1866 was particularly noteworthy because in an election for a Legislative Council seat representing all of western Queens County, he won 62.7 percent of the votes as a Liberal Candidate in a constituency which had elected a Conservative in 1863.

He was unrepentant during the election campaign and declared on the occasion of his official nomination "The people desired to support men of independent principles - not the willing tools of the High Troy School, nor of the old Liberal party, but men who would never consent to have unfortunate Tenants driven by the bayonet, to a compliance with the wishes of grasping land-owners". On 10 May 1867 in the Legislative Council he stated that although "some of the Tenant Leaguers went too far - - that I was a member of that organization and have not altered my views, for I believe it was based on sound principles."

It was reported that John Balderston in NorthWiltshire, Lot 31, was a close neighbor of George Clow

Benjamin Balderston, Jr., a brother of John Balderston, was a district school teacher and Tenant League activist. He was appointed registrar of deeds and keeper of plans in 1867 but the appointment was annulled. He was, however, named reporter to the House of Assembly in 1868.

On 30 April, the government named Benjamin Balderston, Jr., a teacher who had been secretary of his local branch of the Tenant League, on Lot 31, to the major office of Registrar of Deeds and Keeper of Plans, although evidence of his active role in the League was part of the public record, in an appendix to the Assembly Jouurnal for 1866. He was also a brother of John Balderston, the new legislative councillor and one of the founders of the league.