Lemuel Tweedie
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Lemuel John Tweedie (1849 - 1917)

Lemuel John Tweedie
Born in Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswickmap
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Husband of — married 6 Dec 1876 in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canadamap
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Died at age 67 in Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canadamap
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Preceded by
Henry Emmerson
10th Premier of New Brunswick
August 31, 1900 – March 6, 1907
Succeeded by
William Pugsley
Preceded by
Jabez Bunting Snowball
12th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
March 6, 1907 – March 6, 1912
Succeeded by
Josiah Wood



Hon. Lemuel J. Tweedie was born in Chatham, New Brunswick on November 30, 1849. He was the son of Irish immigrants, Joseph Tweedie and Catherine McGary.


Lemuel studied law and was admitted into the bar in 1871. He practiced law in Chatham, New Brunswick, where his partner for a while was Richard Bedford Bennett, who would later become the Prime Minister of Canada.

Lemuel first entered provincial politics when he ran for the Legislative Assembly in the 1874 General Election. He was defeated in 1878. He was re-elected in 1886 and 1890, when he became a member of the Executive, as Surveyor General. He was Premier from August 31, 1900 to March 6, 1907. He then became Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, holding that position from March 6, 1907 to March 6, 1912.

Following his term as Lieutenant Governor, he resumed a successful law practice.


Lemuel married Agnes Loudoun on December 6, 1876.[1] They had 8 children, 2 of whom died as infants. They raised their family in Chatham.

The family was the subject of society gossip in June 1908, when their 18-year-old daughter Mamie eloped with Lemuel's former coachman. The headlines in the New York Times read "Governor's Child Marries Coachman. Miss Mamie Tweedie, Daughter of New Brunswick's Chief Executive, Elopes. Only 18 Years Old. Crossed Line into Maine to Have Ceremony Peformed - Sailed in Steerage from Montreal for Scotland."[2]

Lemuel died on July 15, 1917 in Chatham. He was 67. [3]


  1. Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics, PANB, Volume 40 Number 1605; Date: December 14, 1876; County: Charlotte; Place: Saint Stephen; Newspaper: Saint Croix Courier – Marriage of Lemuel J. Tweedie and Agnes Loudon
  2. New York Times, June 29, 1908 – Governor’s Child Marries Coachman.
  3. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Provincial Return of Deaths, Code 2450- ,Reference C4/1917, F18742 – Death of L.J. Tweedie

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