X8587 | Jabez Bunting Snowball
Jabez Bunting Snowball
About 1900, 19th century or 20th century
Silver print mounted on card
40.8 x 33 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
The political landscape in New Brunswick was marked by conflict in the early years of the 20th century. A rift had formed between the political establishment and groups campaigning for social reform.
Several politicians, including Premier Lemuel Tweedie (1849-1917), used the existing partisan political order to dodge popular demands for change. Tweedie's government, a continuation of the Liberal party's coalition of competing interests, had been fused together through patronage. With the Liberal coalition championing the status quo, the Conservatives took up the cause for social reform. But as New Brunswick started slowly down the road to reform, politicians found themselves financially handcuffed. Their desire to improve living conditions in the province was hampered by fiscal shortfalls.
Overseeing the legislative squabbles and reform policies of both parties was the Lieutenant- Governor and the King's official representative, Jabez Bunting Snowball (1837-1907).
The lieutenant-governor of the province is the head of state who represents the king or queen of Canada.
Jabez Bunting Snowball was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and later became a successful businessman in Chatham, New Brunswick.
Snowball held the position of lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick from 1902 to 1907. He died while still in office.
Lemuel Tweedie succeeded Jabez Snowball as lieutenant-governor when the latter died in February 1907.