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Albert James Smith

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Political party  Liberal
Succeeded by  Josiah Wood
Party  Liberal Party of Canada

Role  Politician
Name  Albert Smith
Resigned  1882
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Born  March 12, 1822 Shediac, New Brunswick (1822-03-12)
Resting place  Dorchester Rural Cemetery
Spouse(s)  Sarah Marie Young (m. 1868)
Children  one son (d. 30 June 1883)
Died  June 30, 1883, Dorchester, Canada

Sir Albert James Smith (March 12, 1822 – June 30, 1883) was a New Brunswick politician and opponent of Canadian confederation. Smith's grandfather was a United Empire Loyalist who left Massachusetts to settle in New Brunswick after the American Revolution.

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Smith entered politics in 1852 entering the House of Assembly as an opponent of the Tory compact that ran the colony and became a leading reform and advocate of responsible government which was granted to the colony in 1854. Smith became a member of the reform government that took power that year and went on to become Attorney-General in 1861 under Premier Samuel Leonard Tilley. Smith split with Tilley over railway policy and Canadian confederation with Smith becoming leader of the Anti-Confederates winning the 1865 election but was forced from office the next year by the lieutenant-governor.

He was created a QC in 1862.

Smith reconciled with Confederation after it became a fact and became minister of fisheries in the Liberal government of Alexander Mackenzie in 1873. He died in 1883, and was interred in Dorchester Rural Cemetery.


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