New Brunswick Political Biographies
The Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) has, in their reference material,a body of work called "New Brunswick Political Biography" which includes the biographies of New Brunswick’s early Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislature for the Province of New Brunswick, and judiciary. Because of the father and son pair who completed this arduous piece of research into New Brunswick’s early political scene, this body of work is often simply referred to as "The Graves’ Papers".
A copy of this collection is also available for researchers to access at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in their series MC1156 – Graves’ Papers.
Here we present excerpts from this work which pertain more specifically to the interests of Irish historians and researchers. We will continue to add biographies from these papers until we have completed the alphabetical listings so check back as the list continues to grow. Below are the details of the UNB collection and the list of biographies included here to date:
Title: New Brunswick Political Biography: The Graves Papers/compiled by James C. Graves and Horace B. Graves.
James Clarence Graves (1861-1945) was born in Kings County, NB. after a few years as a school teacher, he entered the service of the Intercolonial Railway in 1899 as a clerk in the Audit Department. In 1908 he was promoted to the position of Travelling Auditor. When he retired from the railway in 1932, he devoted his leisure time to genealogical and historical research.
Horace B. Graves, son of James C. Graves, was a doctor who made his home in Vancouver, B.C. The compilation of research notes, "New Brunswick Political Biography", was a project begun by James C. Graves and completed a number of years later by Horace B. Graves.
Scope and Content:
The Graves Papers consist of twelve volumes of biographical research on people who held political office or judicial positions in New Brunswick, or acted as representative of New Brunswick in the federal political or judicial areas, 1784-1969. There are also statistical records for various federal and provincial elections.
Irish-Related Excerpts from New Brunswick Political Biographies: The Graves’ Papers:
Baillie, Thomas; Baird, Thomas George; Baker, Jesse Wheelock; Barry, Jeremiah Hayes; Barry, John Patrick; Barry, John Paul; Berryman, John; Bertrand, Alphonse; Bishop, Wilfred George; Blakeny, Charles Hanford; Boyd, John; Brooks, Alfred Johnson; Burgess, James; Burlock, Samuel James; Burns, Kennedy Francis; Butler, Walter Scott; Byrne, James Paul