Premier of Tasmania. He served as premier from July 11, 1904 to June 19, 1909. Prior to serving as premier, he moved to Tasmania with his family in 1859. He worked with his father on ships in commerce in China and Japan. Later, he was director of the International Exhibition in Hobart in 1894 he supported the Tasmanian Tourist Association. He was a magistrate from 1909 and a Rotarian and Freemason. In 1891 he was elected to the Hobart Marine Board. He was first elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Kingborough on 20 January 1897 without party affiliation. He won the seat back in 1909 and continued to serve in parliament until 1937 as Commonwealth Liberal and Nationalist. He is best remembered for his time in parliament, forty years from 1897 to 1937, making him the longest-serving member in Tasmania. He retired from parliament in 1937 on his appointment as lieutenant-governor of Tasmania.
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