Peter Mitchell Biography Peter Mitchell was a lawyer, businessman, politician, author, and office holder. He was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick on January 24th, 1824. He went to a grammar school and studied law. Peter left law for a little while and went into lumbering and ship building. However, he returned to law and politics as an independent member for Northumberland in 1850, and in 1861, he was appointed to the Legislative Council. He went to the Quebec Conference and strongly supported Confederation. Although he was defested by the Anti-Confederate in 1865, he was re-elected in 1866. Peter Mitchell was known for his stubborn nature. His long standing feud with Sir Leonard Tilley was also noted; another Father of Confederation. When he left politics, he became an editor and later owner of the Montreal Herald. He spent the last three years of his life as an inspector of fisheries for the Maritime Provinces. He was 75 years old when he died on October 25th, 1899.