Allison Dysart

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A. Allison Dysart
22nd Premier of New Brunswick
In office
July 16, 1935 – March 13, 1940
MonarchsGeorge V
Edward VIII
George VI
Lieutenant GovernorMurray MacLaren
William G. Clark
Preceded byLeonard P. D. Tilley
Succeeded byJohn B. McNair
MLA for Kent
In office
February 24, 1917 – March 13, 1940
Preceded byThomas-Jean Bourque
David-Vital Landry
Succeeded byJ. Killeen McKee
Personal details
Born(1880-03-22)March 22, 1880
Cocagne, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedDecember 8, 1962(1962-12-08) (aged 82)
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Blanche Cannel McDougall
(m. 1916)
Children1 son and 2 daughters
Alma materOntario Agricultural College
Dalhousie Law School
Occupationlawyer and judge

Albert Allison Dysart (March 22, 1880 – December 8, 1962) was a New Brunswick politician, lawyer and judge.[1]


Dysart was born in Cocagne, New Brunswick and had an ancestry of Scottish and English Loyalist. Initially having an interest in farming, he graduated from the University of St. Joseph's College in Memramcook where he got a Master of Arts, and received further education at the Ontario Agricultural College. Years later, Dysart would enter Dalhousie Law School and in 1914 he was called to the bar,[2] setting up practice in Bouctouche. He was elected to the provincial legislature in 1917 and served as Speaker from 1921 to 1925 and served briefly as Minister of Lands and Mines in 1925 until the defeat of the Liberal government.

In 1926, Dysart succeeded Peter J. Veniot as leader of the Liberal party. In 1935 the Liberals returned to power and Dysart became the 22nd premier of New Brunswick. Dysart also served as his own Minister of Public Works from 1935 to 1938, and Chairman of the New Brunswick Electric Power Commission, from 1938 until his retirement from politics. His government introduced the first Landlord and Tenants Act in 1938 and updated the Labour Relations Act. It attempted to create jobs in the Great Depression through extensive road construction. After suffering from poor health from some time, he led the government to re-election in 1939 and resigned in 1940[3] to become a County Court Judge of Westmorland and Kent Counties. He served in that position until his retirement in 1955.

His former home in Shediac, New Brunswick is a registered historic place. He lived there from 1943 until his death.[4]


  1. ^ Biography, New Brunswick Legislative Library Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Dysart Enjoyed Wide Bipartisan Respect". Daily Gleaner. October 2, 1982. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Dysart Retires; McNair Is New N.B. Premier". The Winnipeg Tribune. 8 Mar 1940. p. 13. Retrieved 27 December 2016 – via
  4. ^ Albert Allison Dysart Residence
New Brunswick provincial government of Peter J. Veniot
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Peter J. Veniot Minister of Lands and Mines
Charles D. Richards