Dorchester in Westmorland County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
Sir Albert James Smith
Born at Shediac, educated locally, and called to the bar in 1847, Smith represented Westmorland in the New Brunswick Legislature from 1851 to 1867. Minister without portfolio in the first Liberal government of the province and a member of several subsequent cabinets, he was President of the Council in the Smith-Wilmot administration formed to oppose Confederation. Elected as an Independent, he represented Westmorland in the House of Commons (1867-78). Minister of Marine and Fisheries in the Mackenzie Government (1873-78), he was knighted for his services to the Halifax Fisheries Commission of 1878. He died at Dorchester.
Né à Shediac (N.-B.), Smith fut admis au barreau en 1847 et représenta Westmorland à l’Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick de 1851 à 1867. Ministre sans portefeuille au sein du premier gouvernement libéral de la province et membre de plusieurs cabinets successifs, il présida, dans l’administration Smith-Wilmot, le conseil formé pour s’opposer à la Confédération. Député de Westmorland à la Chambre des communes (1867-1878), il fut ministre de la Marine
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
Location. 45° 53.982′ N, 64° 30.985′ W. Marker is in Dorchester, New Brunswick, in Westmorland County. Marker can be reached from Woodlawn Road just east of Main Street (New Brunswick Route 106), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located directly in front of the Village of Dorchester Municipal Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4984 Main Street, Dorchester NB E4K 2Z1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 400th Anniversary of 1st Acadian Settlement (a few steps from this marker); Freedom of the Village of Dorchester (a few steps from this marker); Bell Inn / Auberge Bell (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Chandler House (Rocklyn) / Maison Chandler (about 120 meters away); Methodist Church18th Century Anchor (approx. 7.3 kilometers away); Silver Jubilee Lodge and Library (approx. 7.3 kilometers away); Right Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett (approx. 7.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dorchester.
Also see . . . Sir Albert James Smith.
Smith was not a great leader, nor did he initiate any major changes. There was always something of the village conservative in him even when he expressed his liberal views. True, he was anti-establishment, but it was old establishment, not the new of which he was a member. He was honest, sincere, and more consistent than most politicians, for he did not use politics to accumulate judgeships or governorships, all of which he refused. Ultimately, his opposition to confederation was the major event of Smith’s career.(Submitted on March 7, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.