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Edward Palmer
Premier from 1859 to 1863



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EDWARD PALMER, PREMIER AND Father of Confederation, saw a total of thirty-eight years of almost uninterrupted political activity.

He was born in 1809, the son of James Bardin Palmer, an Irish barrister, who had come to the Island at the beginning of the nineteenth century. James Palmer continued his law practice in Charlottetown and his son, grandson and great-grandson all followed in his footsteps. Edward was called to the Bar in 1831 and four years later he was elected to represent Charlottetown in the House of Assembly.
In 1860, he was appointed to the Legislative Council and when that body became elective retained his seat. Except for one brief period he sat in the upper house until 1873.
Palmer was a Conservative and held office on numerous occasions during his political career. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1857 and argued a number of significant cases before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 1873.
A year later he succeeded Robert Hodgson as Chief Justice and remained in that post until his death in November 1889. Palmer is buried in the Sherwood Cemetery in Charlottetown.

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