Resulting in a Conservative win in the 1863 general election. Pope won a seat as a member for Belfast. In 1866, Pope resigned his seat and did not run in the 1867 election. After resigning from the legislature, he continued to support the Confederation campaign by writing letters and doing lectures, and rebuilding the Conservatives into a Pro-union Party. It was his coalition that led the island into Confederation that July. William Pope remained as editor of The Island until 1872. With the coming of Confederation, he was appointed Prince County Court Judge. His term as judge was very successfull. In 1878, he did a revision and consolidation of thr provinces (P.E.I) statutes. Willian Henry Pope died October 7, 1879, in St. Eleanor, P.E.I at the age of 54. Interesting facts
James Colledge Pope, the government of Sir John A. Macdonald appointed him judge of the Prince County Court.
He married Helen DesBrisay in 1851.
Father MacDonald and William Pope had clashed in public concerning the temporal powers of the papacy.
The reason for Popes resigning of his seat, was because his brother James passed a No Terms resolution against Confederation, while he was away on a trade mission.