Albert James Smith
Sir Albert James Smith KCMG PC QC (March 12, 1822 – June 30, 1883) was a New Brunswick politician and opponent of Canadian confederation. Smith's grandfather was a United Empire Loyalist who left Massachusetts to settle in New Brunswick after the American Revolution.
Sir Albert James Smith
Hon. Sir Albert James Smith, April 1868
|Attorney General of Canada (Acting)|
June 1, 1874 – July 7, 1874
|Preceded by||Antoine-Aimé Dorion|
|Succeeded by||Télesphore Fournier|
|Premier of the Colony of New Brunswick|
September 21, 1865 – April 14, 1866
|Preceded by||Samuel Leonard Tilley|
|Succeeded by||Peter Mitchell|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Succeeded by||Josiah Wood|
|Born||March 12, 1822|
Shediac, New Brunswick
|Died||June 30, 1883 (aged 61)|
Dorchester, New Brunswick
|Resting place||Dorchester Rural Cemetery|
Sarah Marie Young (m. 1868)
|Children||one son (d. 30 June 1883)|
Smith entered politics in 1852 entering the House of Assembly as an opponent of the Tory compact that ran the colony and became a leading reform and advocate of responsible government which was granted to the colony in 1854. Smith became a member of the reform government that took power that year and went on to become Attorney-General in 1861 under Premier Samuel Leonard Tilley. Smith split with Tilley over railway policy and Canadian confederation with Smith becoming leader of the Anti-Confederates winning the 1865 election but was forced from office the next year by the lieutenant-governor.
He was created a Queen's Counsel in 1862.
Smith reconciled with Confederation after it became a fact and became minister of fisheries in the Liberal government of Alexander Mackenzie in 1873. He died in 1883, and was interred in Dorchester Rural Cemetery.
- J. E. Belliveau, 1976, The Splendid Life of Albert Smith and the Women he Left Behind, Windsor, NS: Lancelot Press
- "Albert James Smith". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Albert James Smith – Parliament of Canada biography
Peter Mitchell (politician)
| Minister of Marine and Fisheries
James Colledge Pope
| Minister of Justice