Lemuel John Tweedie

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Lemuel John Tweedie
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Lemuel John Tweedie
10th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
August 31, 1900 – March 6, 1907
Monarch Victoria
Edward VII
Lieutenant Governor Abner Reid McClelan
Jabez Bunting Snowball
Preceded by Henry R. Emmerson
Succeeded by William Pugsley
12th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
March 6, 1907 – March 6, 1912
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Governor General The Earl Grey
The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Premier William Pugsley
Clifford W. Robinson
J. Douglas Hazen
James K. Flemming
Preceded by Jabez Bunting Snowball
Succeeded by Josiah Wood
MLA for Northumberland
In office
June 13, 1874 – June 8, 1878
Serving with William Swim, William Moore Kelly, Allan A. Davidson
Preceded by Michael Adams
Succeeded by Thomas F. Gillespie
In office
April 26, 1886 – March 6, 1907
Serving with Michael Adams, John Percival Burchill, John Morrissy, William A. Park, James Robinson, Allan A. Davidson, Charles Elijah Fish, W. S. Loggie, Ernest Hutchinson, John O'Brien, Donald Morrison
Preceded by Thomas F. Gillespie
Succeeded by Daniel P. McLachlan
Personal details
Born (1849-11-30)November 30, 1849
Chatham, New Brunswick
Died July 15, 1917(1917-07-15) (aged 67)
Chatham, New Brunswick
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Agnes Loudoun (m. 1876)
Children 4 sons and 2 daughters
Alma mater Presbyterian Academy
Occupation lawyer
Profession politician
Religion Presbyterian

Lemuel John Tweedie (November 30, 1849 – July 15, 1917) was a Canadian politician.

His law partner in Chatham, New Brunswick for a time was Richard Bedford Bennett, later Prime Minister of Canada; and for a time Max Aitken was his office boy.

A former supporter of the federal Conservatives, he joined the Liberal Cabinet of New Brunswick Premier Andrew George Blair serving as Surveyor-General and Provincial Secretary in successive Liberal governments. Tweedie became Premier of the province in 1900 and led the party to a large majority government in the 1903 election.

Tweedie's government allowed women to be admitted to the practice of law in 1906 and supported the development of hydroelectric power at Grand Falls. He also created a Workers' Compensation board and successfully lobbied the federal government to increase subsidies to the province including payment for railway expansion. He led the government for seven years before becoming the 12th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, holding that position until 1912.

A supporter of educational institutions, Tweedie personally donated academic prizes for students. He served on the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, plus the Halifax School for the Blind.

Lemuel Tweedie died in 1917 at age sixty-seven in his home town of Chatham and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery. His son Frederick served as a member of the provincial assembly.


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