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Voting Day September 29, 2003  
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Political Timeline
CBC Online News | Sept. 17

Pre-Confederation 1800 - 1873
Post-Confederation 1874 - 1900
Pre-WWII 1900 - 1939
Post-WWII 1940 - 2003

 

 

   Post-Confederation 1874 - 1900
Sir Louis Henry Davies

Sir Louis Henry Davies
Premier from 1876 to 1879

The main law court building in Charlottetown is named after Henry Davis, a lawyer who fought for tenants in the land debate. During his time as premier, Davies also acted as Solicitor General, keeping his connection with the law. He moved to federal politics in 1882. In 1901, he became the first Islander to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1918 he was appointed the Chief Justice for Canada, a position he held until his death in 1924.

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William Wilfred Sullivan

William Wilfred Sullivan
Premier from 1879 to 1889

Sullivan was the fourth premier of the province. He spent 17 years in the Assembly, and left in 1889 to follow a familiar path, becoming Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island.

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Neil McLeod

Neil McLeod
Premier from 1889 - 1891

McLeod is best remembered for endeavors outside of the House of Assembly. While he spent two years as premier, his work with the Provincial Institutions for the Mentally Ill and with the Poor House best define the fifth premier of the province.

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Frederick Peters

Frederick Peters
Premier from 1891-1897

Peters changed the way the province is governed. Before his administration the Island had a House of Assembly and Legislative Council, much like the federal House of Commons and Senate. Peters’ government abolished both houses in the province and created a single Legislative Assembly that included councillors and assemblymen.

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Alexander Bannerman Warburton

Alexander Bannerman Warburton
Premier from 1897 - 1898

Some of Warburton's work is still with modern day Prince Edward Island. However, it was not accomplished during his year as premier. While serving as a judge, he began a movement that saw more than 800 trees planted in Charlottetown. Many of the large trees in Rochford and Queen squares date back to Warburton's time on the bench.

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Donald Farquharson

Donald Farquharson
Premier from 1899 - 1901

Farquharson spent 25 years in elected office. He left the premier's office after three years to run for the House of Commons. The Liberal party expected the former premier would be appointed to the federal cabinet. However, Sir Wilfrid Laurier gave the post to a member from the western part of Canada.

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Pre-WWII 1900 - 1939 >>

SOURCE: Elections P.E.I.
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