22nd British Columbia Premier. A member of British Columbia's Liberal Party, he served in the position from June 1933 until December 1941. Nicknamed "Duff" he was born of Scottish ancestry and worked as a journalist in Ontario, Canada during the 1890s with the Woodstock Sentinel and the Galt Reformer. He then became secretary to James Morrow Walsh, the Commissioner of the Yukon until 1902. In 1908 he moved to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada and soon entered politics. He served as mayor of Prince Rupert and in 1916 he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature, becoming the Liberal Party leader and Leader of the Opposition in 1928. In 1933 the Liberal Party returned to power and he became Premier, replacing Simon Fraser Tolmie. His government was re-elected in the 1937 general election but in the 1941 general election they did not win a majority. Unwilling to form a coalition government with the Conservative Party majority, he was removed and replaced by John Hart. In the 1945 general election, he lost his legislative seat and retired from politics. He died at the age of 83. The Pattullo Bridge that crosses the Fraser River in Vancouver, British Columbia, is named in his honor.
Bio by: William Bjornstad
Lillian Reidemeister Pattullo