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George Edwin King


In office
June 9, 1870 – February 21, 1871
Preceded by Andrew R. Wetmore
Succeeded by George L. Hathaway

In office
July 5, 1872 – May 3, 1878
Preceded by George L. Hathaway
Succeeded by John James Fraser

In office
September 21, 1893 – May 8, 1901
Appointed by John Sparrow David Thompson
Preceded by Samuel Henry Strong/Christopher Salmon Patterson
Succeeded by Louis Henry Davies

Born October 8, 1839(1839-10-08)
Saint John, New Brunswick
Died May 7, 1901 (aged 61)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Confederation Party
Spouse(s) 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.

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