Fraser, John James

John James Fraser, lawyer, premier (1878-82) and lieutenant-governor (1893-96) of New Brunswick (b at Miramichi, NB 1 Aug 1829; d in Italy 24 Nov 1896). An outstanding lawyer, in 1865 Fraser won a seat in the provincial legislature as an anti-Confederation candidate. From 1871 to 1872 he was president of the executive council and from 1872 to 1878 provincial secretary. He was premier and attorney general 1878-82. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of NB in 1882 and from 1893 to 1896 was lieutenant-governor. He was a mild-mannered, popular man who was liked even by his opponents. His colleagues apparently ran his government, however, and his administration did not produce much significant legislation.