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William Pugsley

William Pugsley
Hon. William Pugsley
11th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
March 6, 1907 – May 31, 1907
Monarch Edward VII
Lieutenant Governor Jabez Bunting Snowball
Lemuel J. Tweedie
Preceded by Lemuel J. Tweedie
Succeeded by Clifford W. Robinson
15th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
November 6, 1917 – February 28, 1923
Monarch George V
Governor General The Duke of Devonshire
The Lord Byng of Vimy
Premier Walter E. Foster
Peter J. Veniot
Preceded by Gilbert Ganong
Succeeded by William Frederick Todd
MLA for Kings
In office
July 4, 1885 – October 22, 1892
Serving with George L. Taylor
Preceded by Edwin Arnold Vail
Succeeded by George G. Scovil
In office
February 18, 1899 – March 3, 1908
Serving with Ora P. King
Preceded by George William Fowler
Succeeded by James Alexander Murray
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for City and County of St. John
In office
September 18, 1907 – September 21, 1911
Preceded by Alfred Stockton
Succeeded by John Waterhouse Daniel
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for City of St. John
In office
September 21, 1911 – November 6, 1917
Preceded by John Waterhouse Daniel
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1914
Personal details
Born (1850-09-27)September 27, 1850
Sussex, New Brunswick
Died March 3, 1925(1925-03-03) (aged 74)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Frances Jane Parks (m. 1876)
Gertrude Macdonald (m. 1915)
Children 3 sons and 2 daughters
Alma mater University of New Brunswick
Occupation lawyer, businessman
Profession politician
Religion Anglican

William Pugsley, PC, QC (September 27, 1850 – March 3, 1925) was a politician and lawyer in New Brunswick, Canada.


He was born in Sussex, New Brunswick, the son of William Pugsley, of United Empire Loyalist descent, and Frances Jane Hayward. He was educated at the University of New Brunswick. He studied mathematics, classics, and English and was awarded many scholarships. In his junior year he was the gold medallist of his class. He went on to study law, was admitted to the bar in 1872 and set up practice in Saint John. The University of New Brunswick awarded him a BCL in 1879 and would confer honorary degrees of DCL in 1884 and LL.D in 1918. Pugsley was created a QC on 4 February 1891.

Pugsley, a Liberal, served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Solicitor-General and Attorney-General in various Liberal governments before becoming premier in 1907.

He resigned in September of that year to become minister of public works in the federal Liberal government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. He served in that position until the government's defeat in the 1911 federal election, but remained as an Member of Parliament (MP) until 1917 when he was appointed the 15th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. When his term ended in 1923, he was appointed to a federal position in charge of settling war claims, and held that position until his death in Toronto in 1925. He was buried in the Fernhill Cemetery in Saint John, New Brunswick.


  • Biography, Government of New Brunswick

External links

  • William Pugsley – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Works by or about William Pugsley in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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