James Kidd Flemming
James Kidd Flemming (April 27, 1868 – February 10, 1927) was a businessman and politician in New Brunswick, Canada.
James Kidd Flemming
|14th Premier of New Brunswick|
October 16, 1911 – December 17, 1914
|Lieutenant Governor||Lemuel John Tweedie|
|Preceded by||J. Douglas Hazen|
|Succeeded by||George J. Clarke|
|Member of Parliament for Victoria—Carleton|
October 29, 1925 – February 10, 1927
|Preceded by||Thomas W. Caldwell|
|Succeeded by||Albion R. Foster|
|MLA for Carleton|
January 14, 1900 – December 17, 1914
|Preceded by||Charles L. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Franklin Smith|
|Born||April 27, 1868|
Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada
|Died||February 10, 1927 (aged 58)|
McKenzie Corner, New Brunswick, Canada
Sarah Helena Flemming (m. 1890)
|Relations||Hugh John Flemming (son)|
|Children||3 sons, 2 daughters|
|Occupation||Businessman, lumberman, teacher|
Flemming was a school teacher and lumberman before entering politics and serving as Provincial Secretary-Treasurer from 1908 to 1911 and Minister of Lands and Mines from 1911-1914. He succeeded Douglas Hazen as the Premier of New Brunswick in 1911. In the June 1912 general election, Flemming led his provincial party to the biggest electoral victory in its history. In addition to two independent Conservative seats, the Conservative Party captured 42 of the province's 46 seats.
In 1914, Premier Flemming was forced to resign after charges of fundraising irregularities against him were made public by a powerful group of back-room Liberals known as the "Dark Lantern Brigade" led by party organizers Peter Veniot and Edward S. Carter plus lawyer and Federal Member of Parliament, Frank Carvell.
He was president and director of the Flemming and Gibson lumber business in Juniper, New Brunswick. His son, Hugh John Flemming took over the business and too entered politics, serving as Premier of New Brunswick from 1952 to 1960.
James Kidd Flemming suffered from poor health for many of his adult years and died in 1927 at age fifty-eight. He and his wife Helena are buried in the family plot at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Woodstock, New Brunswick.
- "James Kidd Flemming". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Government of New Brunswick biographies of Premiers
- "Hon. J. K. Flemming Died This Afternoon". The Ottawa Journal. 10 Feb 1927. pp. 1, 2. Retrieved 24 December 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Arthur T. Doyle, Front Benches and Back Rooms: A story of corruption, muckraking, raw partisanship and political intrigue in New Brunswick, Toronto: Green Tree Publishing, 1976.