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Sir Albert Joseph Walsh (April 3, 1900 – December 12, 1958) was Commissioner of Home Affairs and Education and chief justice of the dominion of Newfoundland, and its first Lieutenant Governor upon its admission to the Canadian Confederation.

The Honourable

Sir Albert Joseph Walsh
1st Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland
In office
April 1 – September 15, 1949
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor GeneralThe Viscount Alexander of Tunis
PremierJoey Smallwood
Preceded byGordon Macdonald, 1st Baron Macdonald of Gwaenysgor as Commission Governor
Succeeded byLeonard Outerbridge
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Harbour Main
In office
June 2, 1928 – June 11, 1932
Serving with Philip J. Lewis
Preceded byWilliam Woodford
Cyril J. Cahill
Succeeded byCharles Furey
William J. Browne
Member of Commission of Government
In office
September 5, 1944 – April 1, 1949
Preceded byLewis Edward Emerson
Succeeded byCommission disbanded
Personal details
Born(1900-04-03)April 3, 1900
Holyrood, Newfoundland
DiedDecember 12, 1958(1958-12-12) (aged 58)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Alma materDalhousie University
CabinetCommissioner of Home Affairs and Education (1944-1949)
Commissioner of Defence (1947-1949)


Early life and educationEdit

Walsh was born in Holyrood, Newfoundland, and was educated St. Bonaventure's College and Dalhousie University. He was principal of the Roman Catholic Academy in Harbour Grace from 1917 to 1924. Walsh had studied law and was admitted to the bar at both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Political careerEdit

Walsh was a supporter for Sir Richard Squires and was elected MHA for the district of Harbour Main in 1928 and became speaker of the house. He lost his seat in the 1932 election and became district magistrate for 5 years for Grand Falls and then Corner Brook. In 1944 he was appointed to Newfoundland's Commission of Government as Commissioner of Home Affairs and Education and in 1947 he was given the portfolio of Justice of Defense.

Walsh had chaired the delegation for terms of union with Canada and on Confederation he was appointed Lieutenant Governor. He resigned that same year to become the province's Chief Justice. He also sat on the United Nations panel for examination of international disputes.

Walsh was knighted in 1949.

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