Albert Solomon

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Albert Solomon
Albert Edgar Solomon.jpg
23rd Premier of Tasmania
In office
14 June 1912 – 6 April 1914
GovernorSir Harry Barron (until 1913)
Sir William Ellison-Macartney
Preceded bySir Elliott Lewis
Succeeded byJohn Earle
ConstituencyBass
Personal details
Born
Albert Edgar Solomon

(1876-03-07)7 March 1876
Longford, Tasmania
Died5 October 1914(1914-10-05) (aged 38)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Political partyCommonwealth Liberal Party
ProfessionLawyer

Albert Edgar Solomon (7 March 1876 – 5 October 1914) was an Australian politician. He was Premier of Tasmania from 14 June 1912 to 6 April 1914.

Solomon graduated B.A. in 1895 and LL.B. in 1897 at the University of Tasmania, and subsequently qualified for the degrees of M.A. and LL.M. He was admitted to the bar in February 1898. He entered politics as one of the six MHAs for Bass in April 1909, and almost immediately became attorney-general and minister for education in the Elliott Lewis second and third ministries, taking the additional position of minister of mines in October 1909. When Lewis retired in June 1912, Solomon became premier, attorney-general and minister of education, but he had a bare majority of one and it required much tact and finesse to keep the ministry going until April 1914. Attention was given to education and considerable additions were made to the number of state and high schools. Never a robust man, Solomon's health broke down, likely from stress, and he died at Hobart aged 38 on 5 October 1914. He was a prominent member of the Methodist Church and a temperance reformer.

References[edit]

  • Serle, Percival (1949). "Solomon, Albert Edgar". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson.
  • Parliament library profile
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Neil Elliot Lewis
Premier of Tasmania
1912–1914
Succeeded by
John Earle