John James Fraser

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John James Fraser
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Justice John James Fraser
5th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
May 3, 1878 – May 25, 1882
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Samuel Leonard Tilley
Edward Barron Chandler
Robert Duncan Wilmot
Preceded by George E. King
Succeeded by Daniel L. Hanington
9th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
December 20, 1893 – November 24, 1896
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Earl of Aberdeen
Premier Andrew George Blair
James Mitchell
Preceded by John Boyd
Succeeded by Abner Reid McClelan
MLA for York
In office
March 2, 1865 – June 1, 1866
Serving with George Luther Hatheway, William Hayden Needham, John Campbell Allen
Preceded by Charles Fisher
Succeeded by Charles Fisher
In office
August 3, 1872 – May 25, 1882
Serving with Robert Robinson, Andrew George Blair, Charles McPherson, Thomas F. Barker, Frederick P. Thompson, John Adolphus Beckwith, Hiram Dow, George J. Colter
Preceded by George Luther Hatheway
Succeeded by Edward Ludlow Wetmore
Personal details
Born (1829-08-01)August 1, 1829
Beaubears Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Died November 24, 1896(1896-11-24) (aged 67)
Genoa, Italy
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Martha Cumming (m. 1867; d. 1871)
Jane M. Paulette Fisher (m. 1884)
Children 2 daughters who died in infancy
Occupation lawyer, judge
Profession politician
Religion Presbyterian

John James Fraser (August 1, 1829 – November 24, 1896) was a New Brunswick (Canada) lawyer, judge, and politician.

John Fraser was born at Beaubears Island, New Brunswick. He married twice, the first time in 1867 to Martha Cumming. She died in 1871 and in 1884 he married Jane M. Paulette Fisher, eldest daughter of former Premier, Charles Fisher.

In 1865 he won a seat in the colonial legislature as an Anti-Confederation Party MLA but lost his seat the next year. After Canadian confederation he ultimately joined the government and was appointed to the legislative council serving as president of the Executive Council from 1871 to 1872. That year he won a seat in the legislature and served as Provincial Secretary from 1872 to 1878 when he succeeded George E. King as Premier and Attorney-General.

Fraser was the first premier to give both the Acadian and the Irish sections of the Roman Catholic community effective representation in cabinet. Pierre-Amand Landry was made commissioner of public works, while Michael Adams became surveyor general with responsibility for administering crown lands.

In 1882, after running unsuccessfully for a seat in the federal parliament, Fraser left politics and was appointed to the provincial supreme court and from 1893 to 1896 he served as the ninth Lieutenant Governor of the province.

John Fraser died in 1896 in Genoa, Italy.

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