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Amor de Cosmos
[Amor de Cosmos]
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August 20, 1825 - July 4, 1897
Born William Alexander Smith In Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1825, de Cosmos arrived in Victoria from California in June of 1858. De Cosmos founded the Daily British Colonist only to sell it in 1866 to D. W. Higgins and in 1870 start another Victoria newspaper, The Standard. His political career began in 1863 when he was elected to the Vancouver Island colonial assembly.
After Canadian Confederation in 1867, de Cosmos was elected to the British Columbia legislature, and was at the same time, elected as a Member of Parliament to Ottawa. He became the second premier of B.C. on December 23, 1872, while retaining his MP’s seat. De Cosmos resigned as B.C. premier on February 9, 1874, continuing as MP for Victoria until 1882.
Initiated: September 5, 1856
Raised: July 4, 1857
Dimitted: June 26, 1858
Orville Lodge No 103, Oroville, California

Charter member: Victoria Lodge No 1085
First Lodge Secretary in British Columbia

Source: History of Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Orville Lodge No 103 records.


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