Dewdney, Edgar, 1835-1916

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Dewdney, Edgar, 1835-1916

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Edgar Dewdney was born in Devonshire, England, and educated as a civil engineer. He came to BC in 1859 to work with the Royal Engineers as a surveyor. He married twice: to Jane Shaw Moir in 1864 and to Blanche Kemeys-Tynte in 1909. He surveyed and built the Dewdney Trail, completed in 1865. He was elected to the BC Legislative Council in 1869, and to the Canadian Parliament as Conservative member for Yale in 1872, 1874, and 1878. He was Indian Commissioner and Lieutenant-Governor of the Northwest Territories, 1879-1888 and 1881-1888 respectively. He was elected to Parliament as member for Assiniboia East in 1888 and 1891, and served as Minister of the Interior. From 1892-1897 he was Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. He then retired to become a mining broker in Victoria, where he died on August 8th, 1916, at age 80.

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