George E. King


George E. King

Infobox_President
name = George Edwin King


imagesize = 150px
caption = The Honourable Mr. Justice George Edwin King
order = 2nd Premier of New Brunswick
term_start = (1870 - 1871)
term_end = (1872 - 1878)
predecessor = Andrew R. Wetmore
successor = George L. Hathaway
birth_date = birth date|1839|10|8|mf=y
birth_place = Saint John, New Brunswick
Canada flagicon|Canada
death_date = death date and age |1901|5|7|1839|10|8
death_place = Ottawa, Ontario
Canada flagicon|Canada
party = Confederation Party
spouse = Lydia Eaton
religion = Protestant|

George Edwin King (October 8 1839 – May 7 1901) was a New Brunswick politician and jurist.

He was elected to the first provincial legislature of the new Canadian Confederation in 1867 and served in the Confederation Party government as minister without portfolio. When Andrew R. Wetmore resigned, the Confederation Party became the Liberal-Conservatives and King became Premier in 1870. Some members of his caucus felt he was too close to the federal Conservatives of Sir John A. Macdonald and King was maneuvered out of the leadership by George L. Hathaway with King taking a position in the new cabinet. When Hathaway died in 1872, King became Premier for a second time serving until 1878. One of King's major accomplishments was the Common Schools Act of 1871 which implemented a single, tax supported public school system.

In 1880 he became a judge on the province's supreme court and in 1893 he became a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada.

On his passing in 1901, he was interred in the Fernhill Cemetery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

External links

* [http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/AboutCourt/judges/king/index_e.asp Official Supreme Court Biography]
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=6823 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
* [http://www.gnb.ca/legis/leglibbib/Special_Projects/premiers-bios/english/GEKing.pdf Government of New Brunswick profile of Premier King]


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