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SQUIRES, Sir Richard Anderson K.C.M.G., K.C., Ll,B. - Born January 18, 1880, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.  The son of Alexander and Sydney (Anderson) Squires.  Educated Church of England Grammar School, Harbour Grace; Methodist Academy, Carbonear; Methodist College, St. John's; Maritime Business College, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In 1898 was the Newfoundland Jubilee Scholar.  L1.B, Dalhousie in 1901.  Admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland in 1902.  Called to the Bar in 1911.  Entered public life in 1909 in support of political party led by Sir Edward (Lord) Morris.  Member Newfoundland House of Assembly 1909-1913.  Appointed King's Counsel in 1914.  Minister of Justice and Attorney General 1914-1917.  Member Legislative Council 1914-19.  Appointed Master of the supreme Court of Newfoundland in 1916.  Colonial Secretary of National War Ministry 1917-18.  Represented Newfoundland at Ottawa in 1917 in connection with certain trade matters arising out of war conditions.  Nominated leader of the Liberal Party August 1919.  Prime Minister and colonial Secretary 1919-1923.  Visited Genoa and Rome in connection with trade relationships between Italy and Newfoundland 1920.  Created K.C.M.G. 1921.  Visited Madrid in connection with Treaty relationships between Spain and Newfoundland in 1922.  Visited New York and Washington 1921 and 1922 in connection with trade relationships between the United States and Newfoundland.  Conducted negotiation in London during 1922 covering hydro-electric development in Newfoundland; the establishment of pulp and paper industry; the reorganization of Newfoundland railway, steamship, express and dry dock facilities.  Married in 1905 to Helena E Strong, daughter of James M. Strong, Little Bay Island. 

 

 

 

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