Series s23 - John A. Mathieson papers

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John A. Mathieson papers

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CA PCA RG25-s23

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  • 1911-1917, [after 1935] (Creation)
    Mathieson, John A.

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.34 m. of textual records

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Mathieson, John A. (1863-1947)

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John Alexander Mathieson was born on the 19 May 1863, in Harrington, Prince Edward Island to Ronald Mathieson and Anne Stewart. John worked for several years in a grocery store in Charlottetown and at a fish plant in Miminegash before attending Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown where he obtained a teachers certificate. He taught school in DeSable and in Manitoba before returning to PEI where he articled with a Charlottetown law firm. In 1894, Mathieson was admitted to the Bar, initially practicing law in Georgetown, and later in Charlottetown.

John's political career began in 1903 when he was elected as the Conservative member of the legislature for Murray Harbor. By 1905, he was leader of the opposition. Elected in 1911, Mathieson became Premier and Attorney General, a post he retained until 1917. That year he was appointed as Chief Justice for PEI, a position he held for twenty-six years. John A. Mathieson died in January of 1947.

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This series consists of two subseries: general correspondence arranged chronologically and into subject files. The correspondence relates to the many activities of the government: education, transportation, administration of justice, medical care and employment issues. In addition, there is correspondence regarding the Island’s contribution to World War I.

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See also: Subject Index for miscellaneous items under the Premier's name

See also: Acc2346

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