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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, Hamilton, Ontario, and at the Military School, Blacksburg, Virginia. He entered his father's business, and in 1889 inherited his father's great wealth. From 1898 to 1902 he represented East Yale in the legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Conservative; and from 1900 to 1902 he was prime minister of the province, and president of the council. In 1906 he was appointed leiutenant-governor of British Columbia; but he resigned in 1909. He died at Cowichan, British Columbia on June 6, 1920. In 1908 he was elected a director of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He married in 1876 Laura, daughter of W. B. Surles, of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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