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The First International Students at VT: James Dunsmuir

Born:   July 8, 1851 at Fort Vancouver, Washington
Died:   June 6, 1920 at Cowichan, British Columbia

James Dunsmuir was born the son of Robert Dunsmuir and Joanna White. He was educated at the Collegiate in Hamilton, Ontario, and at the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in Blacksburg, Virginia. He entered his father's business, and in 1889 inherited his father's great wealth. In 1876 he married Laura Surles, daughter of W. B. Surles of Fayetteville, North Carolina. From 1898 to 1902 he represented East Yale in the legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Conservative. From 1900 to 1902, he was premier of the province and president of the council. In 1906 he was appointed lieutenant governor of British Columbia, but he resigned in 1909. In 1908 he was elected a director of the Canadian Pacific Railway. James Dunsmuir died at Cowichan, British Columbia on June 6, 1920.

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