10th General Assembly of Newfoundland

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10th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Colonial Building seat of the Newfoundland government and the House of Assembly from January 28, 1850, to July 28, 1959.
Preceded by9th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Succeeded by11th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Last election
1869 Newfoundland general election

The members of the 10th General Assembly of Newfoundland were elected in the Newfoundland general election held in November 1869. The general assembly sat from 1870 to 1873.

The Anti-Confederation Party led by Charles Fox Bennett won the election and Bennett served as Newfoundland's premier.[1] The decisive defeat of candidates supporting Confederation put an end to any discussions about union with Canada.[2]

Thomas R. Bennett was chosen as speaker.[3]

Sir Stephen John Hill served as colonial governor of Newfoundland.[4]

Members of the Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1869:[5]

Member Electoral district Affiliation
John Bemister Bay de Verde Confederate
James L. Noonan Bonavista Bay Anti-Confederate
William M. Barnes Anti-Confederate
Francis Winton Anti-Confederate
Prescott Emerson Burgeo-La Poile Confederate
Edward Evans Burin Confederate
Frederick Carter Confederate
John Rorke Carbonear Confederate
Thomas Glen Ferryland Anti-Confederate
Thomas Badcock Anti-Confederate
Thomas R. Bennett Fortune Bay Anti-Confederate
John Munn Harbour Grace Confederate
William S. Green Confederate
Joseph I. Little Harbour Main Anti-Confederate
John Kennedy Anti-Confederate
Charles Fox Bennett Placentia and St. Mary's Anti-Confederate
Robert John Parsons, Jr. Anti-Confederate
Henry Renouf[nb 1] Anti-Confederate
James B. Woods Port de Grave Anti-Confederate
William P. Walsh St. John's East Anti-Confederate
James Jordan Anti-Confederate
Robert John Parsons Anti-Confederate
Peter Brennan St. John's West Anti-Confederate
Thomas Talbot Anti-Confederate
Henry Renouf[nb 1] Anti-Confederate
Stephen Rendell Trinity Bay Confederate
Thomas H. Ridley Confederate
Robert Alsop Anti-Confederate
Charles Duder Twillingate and Fogo Anti-Confederate
Smith McKay Anti-Confederate


  1. ^ a b Elected in both Placentia and St. Mary's and St. John's West


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
St. John's West Lewis Tessier Anti-Confederate March 31, 1870 H Renouf chose to sit for Placentia and St. Mary's[5]
Bay de Verde James J. Rogerson Confederate April 5, 1870 J Bemister named sheriff[5]
Ferryland Thomas Glen Anti-Confederate August 1870 T Glen named to cabinet in 1870[5]
Harbour Main Joseph I. Little Anti-Confederate August 1870 JI Little named to cabinet in 1870[5]
Placentia and St. Mary's Henry Renouf Anti-Confederate September 1870 H Renouf named to cabinet in 1870[5]
Trinity Bay John Henry Warren Confederate September 17, 1870 R Alsop named to cabinet in 1870[5]
St. John's West Maurice Fenelon Anti-Confederate January 16, 1871 T Talbot named to Legislative Council[5]
Bonavista Bay James L. Noonan Confederate October 26, 1871 JL Noonan named to cabinet in 1871[5]
Trinity Bay Alexander Graham Anti-Confederate October 26, 1871 T Ridley resigned seat in 1871 after firm went insolvent[5]



  1. ^ Hiller, James K. (1982). "Bennett, Charles Fox". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. ^ Baker, Melvin. "The Rejection of Confederation with Canada, 1865-1874". Memorial University.
  3. ^ "The Speaker of the House of Assembly". House of Assembly.
  4. ^ "Hill, Sir Stephen John". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Elections". Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. pp. 688–90.