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Hon. Thomas Walter Scott

Photograph: Hon. Thomas Walter Scott, Premier, Province of Saskatchewan

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Hon. Thomas Walter Scott, Premier, Province of Saskatchewan.

(October 27, 1867 - March 23, 1938)

Thomas Walter Scott was premier of Saskatchewan from 1905 to 1916. Very popular with the people of this new province, he was eventually forced to leave politics because of health concerns.

Scott began his public career in the field of journalism. He was a partner in the Regina Standard in 1892-93, and owner-editor of the Moose Jaw Times in 1894-95. In 1895 he bought the Regina Leader, and remained its editor until 1900.

His fondness for the Liberal Party platform let Scott into politics in 1900, when he was elected to the House of Commons as the Member for Assiniboia West. Lieutenant-Governor Forget's decision to name Scott as the first premier of the new province of Saskatchewan was not without controversy in Ottawa and Saskatchewan. Many felt that Frederick Haultain should have become premier, and accused the lieutenant-governor of serving Prime Minister Laurier's political ends by naming Scott to the position.

Sources

Bocking, D. H. -- "Thomas Walter Scott". -- The 1999 Canadian encyclopedia : world edition [CD-ROM]. -- Version 5. -- [s.l.] : McClelland & Stewart, 1998.

"Thomas Walter Scott". -- The Canadian who's who. -- Toronto : The Mussan Book Co. Ltd. -- 1910. -- P. 204

Wright, J. F. C. -- Saskatchewan : The history of a province. -- s.l. : McClelland & Stewart, 1955. -- 292 p.