John Douglas Hazen

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Sir John Douglas Hazen
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Sir Douglas Hazen
13th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
March 24, 1908 – October 10, 1911
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Lieutenant Governor Lemuel John Tweedie
Preceded by Clifford W. Robinson
Succeeded by James K. Flemming
MLA for Sunbury
In office
February 18, 1899 – October 10, 1911
Serving with Parker Glasier
Preceded by David Morrow
Succeeded by George A. Perley
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for City and County of St. John
In office
March 5, 1891 – June 23, 1896
Serving with Charles N. Skinner, John A. Chesley
Preceded by Charles Nelson Skinner
Succeeded by John Alexander Chesley
In office
October 27, 1911 – October 11, 1917
Preceded by John Waterhouse Daniel
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1914
Mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick
In office
Administrator of New Brunswick
In office
October 31, 1917 – November 6, 1917
Preceded by William Pugsley
Succeeded by William Frederick Todd
Personal details
Born (1860-06-05)June 5, 1860
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Died December 27, 1937(1937-12-27) (aged 77)
Saint John, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ada C. Tibbits (m. 1884)
Children Douglas King, James Murray, Kate Elizabeth, Frances Edith and Ada Althea
Alma mater University of New Brunswick
Occupation lawyer, judge
Profession politician
Religion Protestant

Sir John Douglas Hazen, PC, KCMG (June 5, 1860 – December 27, 1937) was a politician in New Brunswick, Canada.

Known by his second name, Douglas, he entered politics in 1885 when he was elected as an alderman in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He became mayor in 1888.

Hazen was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Conservative candidate in the 1891 federal election. He lost his seat in the 1896 election that defeated the Conservatives and brought Wilfrid Laurier's Liberals to power.

He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1899, and became leader of the opposition. Hazen rebuilt the Conservative Party which had been out of power since 1883. He led the party into government in the 1908 provincial election.

As premier, Hazen fought political corruption and attempts by the federal government to reduce the Maritime provinces' representation in the federal House of Commons.

Douglas Hazen left provincial politics in 1911 to become federal Minister of Marine and Fisheries and Minister of the Naval Service in the government of Sir Robert Borden. During the First World War, he served in the Imperial War Cabinet. Hazen left politics in October 1917 to become Chief Justice of New Brunswick.

For his years of service to The Crown and to Canada, in 1918 Douglas Hazen was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George by King George V.

Hazen died in 1937 at age seventy-seven and was interred in the Fernhill Cemetery in Saint John, New Brunswick. Sir Douglas Hazen Park in Oromocto, New Brunswick and Sir Douglas Hazen Hall at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John are named in his honour.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • Arthur T. Doyle, Front Benches and Back Rooms: A story of corruption, muckraking, raw partisanship and political intrigue in New Brunswick, Toronto: Green Tree Publishing, 1976.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ezekiel McLeod
Chief Justice of New Brunswick
Succeeded by
John B. M. Baxter