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John Foster McCreight

John Foster McCreight 1827 - November 18, 1913

British Columbias' first Premier was born in Caledon, County Tyrone, Ireland, educated in England, and, in 1852, called to the bar in Dublin.

Leaving Ireland for Australia, he developed a law practice in Melbourne. Moving to British Columbia in 1860, he practiced law on Vancouver's Island.

Asked by the first Lieutenant-Governor, Joseph Trutch, to put his name forward, he was elected in the first provincial election in November 1871 but resigned as Premier after a vote of non-confidence at the second session of the Assembly on December 17, 1872.

He retained his seat until 1875 when he retired from politics to return to law. From February 1881 until November 1897 he sat on the provincial Supreme Court. Soon after retiring from the bench, he went to Europe where he finally settled in London.

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