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31st General Assembly of Newfoundland

31st General Assembly of Newfoundland
Colonial Building seat of the Newfoundland government and the House of Assembly from January 28, 1850, to July 28, 1959.
Founded March 19, 1957 (1957-03-19)
Disbanded July 28, 1959 (1959-07-28)
Preceded by 30th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Succeeded by 32nd General Assembly of Newfoundland
Last election
Newfoundland general election, 1956

The members of the 31st General Assembly of Newfoundland were elected in the Newfoundland general election held in October 1956.[1] The general assembly sat from March 19, 1957 to July 28, 1959.[2]

The Liberal Party led by Joey Smallwood formed the government.[3]

John R. Courage served as speaker.[4]

There were three sessions of the 31st General Assembly:[2]

Session Start End
1st March 19, 1957 June 12, 1957
2nd June 20, 1958 September 10, 1958
3rd February 23, 1959 July 28, 1959

Sir Leonard Outerbridge served as lieutenant governor of Newfoundland until 1957.[5] Campbell Leonard Macpherson succeeded Outerbridge as lieutenant governor.[6]

Members of the Assembly

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1956:[1]

Member Electoral district Affiliation
Joseph P. O'Driscoll Bell Island Liberal
Joseph R. Smallwood Bonavista North Liberal
Uriah F. Strickland Bonavista South Liberal
John T. Cheeseman Burgeo and La Poile Liberal
Eric S. Jones Burin Liberal
George W. Clarke Carbonear-Bay de Verde Liberal
Myles P. Murray Ferryland Liberal
Isaac Mercer[nb 1] Fogo Liberal
John R. Courage Fortune Bay and Hermitage Liberal
Beaton J. Abbott Gander Liberal
Edward S. Spencer Grand Falls Liberal
William R. Smallwood Green Bay Liberal
Claude A. Sheppard Harbour Grace Liberal
Philip J. Lewis Harbour Main-Bell Island Liberal
Matthew P. Whelan
John A. Forsey Humber East Liberal
Charles H. Ballam Humber West Liberal
Earl W. Winsor Labrador North Liberal
[nb 1] Labrador South Liberal
Patrick J. Canning[nb 1] Placentia West Liberal
Stephen K. Smith Port au Port Liberal
Llewellyn Strange Port de Grave Liberal
James R. Chalker St. Barbe Liberal
William J. Keough Liberal
Augustine M. Duffy St. John's Centre Progressive Conservative
James D. Higgins St. John's East Progressive Conservative
George M. Nightingale St. John's North Liberal
William J. Browne St. John's South Progressive Conservative
Malcolm M. Hollett[nb 1] St. John's West Progressive Conservative
James M. McGrath St. Mary's Liberal
Arthur S. Mifflin Trinity North Liberal
Samuel J. Hefferton Trinity South Liberal
C. Maxwell Lane White Bay North Liberal
Frederick W. Rowe White Bay South Liberal


  1. ^ a b c d Elected by acclamation


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
St. John's South Rex Renouf[nb 1] Progressive Conservative June 18, 1957 W J Browne resigned in 1957 to run for federal seat[1]


  1. ^ Elected by acclamation


  1. ^ a b c "Elections".  
  2. ^ a b Normandin, P G (1978). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  3. ^ "Provincial Government: The Smallwood Years, 1949-1972". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University. 
  4. ^ "The Speaker of the House of Assembly". House of Assembly. 
  5. ^ "Outerbridge, Sir Leonard Cecil (1888-1986)". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University. 
  6. ^ "Macpherson, Hon. Campbell Leonard (1907-1973)". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University. 
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