8th General Assembly of Newfoundland
|Preceded by||7th General Assembly of Newfoundland|
|Succeeded by||9th General Assembly of Newfoundland|
|1861 Newfoundland general election|
The members of the 8th General Assembly of Newfoundland were elected in the Newfoundland general election held in May 1861. The general assembly sat from 1861 to 1865.
Hugh Hoyles, leader of the Conservative Party, had been appointed premier and invited to form a government in March after his predecessor was dismissed by the governor. Hoyle's government was defeated in a non-confidence vote prompting a general election in May which Hoyles and his party won, allowing Hoyles to continue as Newfoundland's premier until March 1865, when he accepted a post on the Newfoundland Supreme Court. Frederick Carter succeeded Hoyles as party leader and premier. Carter formed a coalition government with Liberals Ambrose Shea and John Kent.
Members of the Assembly
The following members were elected to the assembly in 1861:
|John Bemister||Bay de Verde||Conservative|
|Stephen March||Bonavista Bay||Conservative|
|John Henry Warren||Conservative|
|Matthew W. Walbank||Conservative|
|Daniel W. Prowse||Burgeo-La Poile||Conservative|
|Edward Dalton Shea||Liberal|
|Robert Carter||Fortune Bay||Conservative|
|John Hayward||Harbour Grace[nb 1]||Liberal|
|Henry J. Moore||Liberal|
|Thomas Byrne||Harbour Main[nb 2]||Liberal|
|Ambrose Shea||Placentia and St. Mary's||Liberal|
|W. G. Flood||Liberal|
|John Leamon||Port de Grave||Conservative|
|John Kent||St. John's East||Liberal|
|Robert John Parsons||Liberal|
|John Casey||St. John's West||Liberal|
|Stephen Rendell||Trinity Bay||Conservative|
|William Whiteway||Twillingate and Fogo||Conservative|
- No result; by-election held November 1861
- Invalid return; result decided by assembly committee
By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:
|Electoral district||Member elected||Affiliation||Election date||Reason|
|Placentia and St. Mary's||Pierce M. Barron||Liberal||1861||W G Flood resigned seat in 1861|
|Carbonear||John Rorke||Conservative||1863||E Hanrahan resigned seat in 1863|
|Bonavista Bay||Frederick J. Wyatt||Conservative||1864||M W Walbank resigned seat in 1864|
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