- George E. King
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
Saint John, New Brunswick Canadaflagicon|Canada
death_date = death date and age |1901|5|7|1839|10|8
Ottawa, Ontario Canadaflagicon|Canada
spouse = Lydia Eaton
George Edwin King (
October 8 1839– May 7 1901) was a New Brunswick politicianand jurist.
He was elected to the first provincial
legislatureof the new Canadian Confederationin 1867 and served in the Confederation Partygovernment as minister without portfolio. When Andrew R. Wetmoreresigned, the Confederation Party became the Liberal-Conservatives and King became Premierin 1870. Some members of his caucusfelt he was too close to the federal Conservatives of Sir John A. Macdonaldand King was maneuvered out of the leadership by George L. Hathawaywith King taking a position in the new cabinet. When Hathaway died in 1872, King became Premierfor a second time serving until 1878. One of King's major accomplishments was the Common Schools Act of 1871which implemented a single, tax supported public schoolsystem.
In 1880 he became a judge on the province's
supreme courtand in 1893 he became a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada.
On his passing in 1901, he was interred in the
Fernhill Cemeteryin Saint John, New Brunswick.
* [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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