William Pugsley

William Pugsley, PC QC (September 27, 1850 – March 3, 1925) was a politician and lawyer in New Brunswick, Canada.

William Pugsley
Hon. William Pugsley
11th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
March 6, 1907  May 31, 1907
MonarchEdward VII
Lieutenant GovernorLemuel J. Tweedie
Preceded byLemuel J. Tweedie
Succeeded byClifford W. Robinson
15th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
November 6, 1917  February 28, 1923
MonarchGeorge V
Governor GeneralThe Duke of Devonshire
The Lord Byng of Vimy
PremierWalter E. Foster
Peter J. Veniot
Preceded byGilbert Ganong
Succeeded byWilliam Frederick Todd
MLA for Kings
In office
July 4, 1885  October 22, 1892
Serving with Finnemore E. Morton, Albert Scott White, Gabriel Flewelling, George L. Taylor
Preceded byEdwin Arnold Vail
Succeeded byGeorge G. Scovil
In office
February 18, 1899  March 3, 1908
Serving with Albert Scott White, George G. Scovil, Ora P. King
Preceded byGeorge William Fowler
Succeeded byJames Alexander Murray
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for City and County of St. John
In office
September 18, 1907  September 21, 1911
Preceded byAlfred Stockton
Succeeded byJohn Waterhouse Daniel
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for City of St. John
In office
September 21, 1911  November 6, 1917
Preceded byJohn Waterhouse Daniel
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1914
Personal details
Born(1850-09-27)September 27, 1850
Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedMarch 3, 1925(1925-03-03) (aged 74)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Frances Jane Parks
(m. 1876; her death 1914)

Gertrude Macdonald (m. 1915)
Children3 sons and 2 daughters
Alma materUniversity of New Brunswick
Occupationlawyer, businessman


He was born in Sussex, New Brunswick, the son of William Pugsley, of United Empire Loyalist descent, and Frances Jane Hayward. He was educated at the University of New Brunswick. He studied mathematics, classics, and English and was awarded many scholarships. In his junior year he was the gold medallist of his class. He went on to study law, was admitted to the bar in 1872 and set up practice in Saint John. The University of New Brunswick awarded him a BCL in 1879 and would confer honorary degrees of DCL in 1884 and LL.D in 1918. Pugsley was created a QC on 4 February 1891.

Pugsley, a Liberal, served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Solicitor-General and Attorney-General in various Liberal governments before becoming premier in 1907.

He resigned in September of that year to become minister of public works in the federal Liberal government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. He served in that position until the government's defeat in the 1911 federal election, but remained as a Member of Parliament (MP) until 1917 when he was appointed the 15th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. When his term ended in 1923, he was appointed to a federal position in charge of settling war claims, and held that position until his death. Pugsley was staying at King Edward Hotel when he fell ill and died of pneumonia in Toronto in 1925.[1] He was buried in the Fernhill Cemetery in Saint John, New Brunswick.


  1. "Mr. Pugsley Succumbs". The Lethbridge Herald. 4 Mar 1925. pp. 1, 4. Retrieved 27 December 2016 via Newspapers.com.
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