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George Anthony Walkem
[George Anthony Walkem]
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November 14, 1834 - January 12, 1908
Born in Newry, Ireland, at the age of ten he moved to Quebec City with his parents. He was called to the bar in Canada East in 1858 and three years later in Upper Canada. Moving to the Cariboo in 1862, he was not admitted to the bar until the end of 1863. Elected to the Legislative Council in 1864, he represented Cariboo East almost continuously for the next eighteen years. When de Cosmos resigned on February 11, 1874, George Walkem was appointed Premier by the Lietenant-Governor, only to resign after a vote of non-confidence on January 27, 1876. He served in opposition for two and a half years, returning as Premier following the resignation of Andrew Elliot in 1878. He remained Premier until June 12, 1882, after which he was appointed Supreme Court Justice, an office he held until 1904.
Affiliated: 1886
Kamloops Lodge No. 10
Member: King Solomon’s Lodge No. 22, Toronto

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