A. Wesley Stuart
|Member of Parliament
June 11, 1945 – March 31, 1958
|Preceded by||Burton M. Hill|
|Succeeded by||Caldwell Stewart|
February 11, 1902|
Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada
|Died||November 29, 1984
Fredericton, New Brunswick
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
|Spouse(s)||Marguerite Graham (1899–1961)|
|Residence||St. Andrews, New Brunswick|
Known by Wes, he was born at Deer Island, New Brunswick, the son of Andrew Holmes Stuart and Laura Gertrude Thompson. Raised in a place where fishing was a major part of the economy, in addition to fishing for a living, he worked as a government fishing industry inspector.
Wesley Stuart lived on the bank of the St. Croix River and as was common for residents, he frequently travelled across the border to Maine. A proponent of free trade between Canada and the United States, in 1951 Stuart received much publicly in both countries for his statements in the Canadian House of Commons on cross-border smuggling. Time magazine reported that he declared he had "been a smuggler all his life—and intended to keep on being one," adding that he "never came through [the border] in my lifetime that I did not smuggle something." Stuart's straight talk met with wide approval by his constituents and in the ensuing federal election, he won his third term in office with the largest majority of his political career.
In the 1958 electoral sweep by the Progressive Conservatives under John Diefenbaker, Stuart lost his seat to Caldwell Stewart. While remaining active in politics, he was the runner up to Louis Robichaud in a bid for leader of the provincial Liberals later in 1958 and went on to serve as the New Brunswick Liberal Party President from 1960 to 1963.
On October 23, 1924 he married Julia Marguerite Graham (1899–1961) . The couple had three children (Janet Saint, Roy Graham “Bud” Stuart, and Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith). Wesley Stuart died in 1984. He and his wife are buried in the St. Andrews, New Brunswick Rural Cemetery.
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