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Joseph Leonard O'Brien

The Hon.
Joseph Leonard O'Brien
21st Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
June 5, 1958 – June 9, 1965
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Vincent Massey
Georges Vanier
Premier Hugh John Flemming
Louis Robichaud
Preceded by David Laurence MacLaren
Succeeded by John B. McNair
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Northumberland
In office
Preceded by John Patrick Barry
Succeeded by John William Maloney
Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick for Northumberland
In office
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
In office
Preceded by Allison Dysart
Succeeded by Frederick C. Squires
Personal details
Born (1895-11-10)November 10, 1895
South Nelson, New Brunswick
Died June 18, 1973(1973-06-18) (aged 77)
Political party National Government

Joseph Leonard O'Brien (November 10, 1895 – June 18, 1973) was a Canadian politician. Born in South Nelson, New Brunswick, he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1925 to 1930 and was Speaker of the Assembly. By profession he was a lumber merchant, operating a small sawmill in South Nelson.

In 1940, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Northumberland. A member of the National Government, he was defeated in 1945. In 1958, he was appointed the 21st Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and served until 1965.

He purchased Beaubears Island, New Brunswick and a monument in the national park on the island in his honour.

Remains rest at Malcolm Cemetery of St. Patrick's Church located in Nelson-Miramichi, Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.


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