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William John Bowser
[William John Bowser]
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December 3, 1867 - October 25, 1933
Born in Rexton, New Brunswick, Bill Bowser graduated from Dalhousie University, being called to the bar in 1890. Moving to Vancouver in 1891, he quickly became involved in local politics, running for provincial office several times until his eventual election to the Legislature in 1903. On December 15, 1915 he succeeded his university classmate, Richard McBride, as Premier. Resigning on November 23, 1916, Bowser continued as leader of the opposition until his election defeat on June 20, 1924.
Initiated, Passed and Raised: 1895
Mount Hermon Lodge No. 7, Vancouver
Provincial Grand Master: 1904-1905

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