14 February 2010

Trivimania: the answers to our Premier quiz

Go back here for the questions. 

Remember that for all but the last question we excluded Premiers who held the office but who did not win a general election as party leader in order to get the job.

Here are the answers (quibbles are welcome):

1.  Oldest Premier at the time of his swearing in:  Danny Williams, age 54, followed by…

2.  The second Oldest Premier at the time of his swearing in:  Clyde Wells, who was 51.

3.  The Oldest Premier on leaving office:  Joe Smallwood,  left office aged 71 years and a bunch of days.  DW is already the second oldest and he’s still in the chair.  To beat Smallwood’s age record, he’d have to last until at least 2020.  Even then DW would have to stay another six years beyond that to match or better Smallwood’s 23 years in office.

4.  a.  District represented by the most Premiers:  Humber West, which has, at various times sent Joe Smallwood, Frank Moores, and lately Danny Williams to reign over us.

b.  Only Townie Premier since Confederation:  Danny Williams, who came into the world at St. John’s in August 1949.

5.  Premiers, in order of age at time of swearing in (including Tom Rideout, Roger Grimes and Beaton Tulk):

Beaton Tulk, Danny Williams, Clyde Wells, Roger Grimes, Joe Smallwood, Brian Tobin, Tom Rideout, Frank Moores, Brian Peckford.



Kim Ploughman said...

Thanks Ed for that bit of entertaining trivia.

To add, here are a few more "premier" questions|

They say Jesus was a Capricorn - which "god-like" Premier was also a Cappy?

Which two Premiers were born in the month of August? Hint: They were both PCs

Which two were born in the month of May? Hint: They were both Liberals

Notwithstanding these shared birth months,all The Premiers have had different Sun or astrological signs.

1. Joey of course
2. DW & Peckford
3. Grimes & Tulk

disgusted said...

i would consider joey a townie... i know he was born in a Mint Brook Sawmill but he returned to st. john's with his townie parents when he was merely weeks old. then he grew up and went to school in st.john's.. i would think that defines a townie.. how many young newfoundlanders have moved to the mainland as newlyweds, had a kid or 3 and returned home shortly after... no one would consider the kids mainlanders 10 years later..

Ed Hollett said...

Born in town, grew up in town and had all formative experiences either in town, on the mainland or outside Canada entirely.

There is more to it than birth and DW out paces them all.

Smallwood spent a considerable period of time outside Sin Jawns living and working.

Jingles said...

Didn't Joey Smallwood spend just six months in New York learning to be a journalist before being offered the job of running for Confederation?

Ed Hollett said...

Ah Jingles, not even close on any level.

Jingles said...

Are you not aware when someone is asking a direct question looking for an answer?

Ed Hollett said...

Well, you are posting here again in violation of your own decision not to. I really didn't want to encourage you.

You got a direct answer: "Ah Jingles. Not even close on any level" which indicates "No" but with the sense you are so cold you need to go do a google search or read a book.

Simon said...


Your timeline is a little squashed.

According to Wikipedia:

"Growing up in St. John's, as a teenager Smallwood worked as an apprentice at a newspaper and moved to New York City in 1920. In New York he worked for the socialist newspaper The Call. he returned to Newfoundland in 1925, where he soon met and married Clara Oates. In 1926 he founded a newspaper of his own in Corner Brook.

In 1928, he acted as campaign manager for the Prime Minister of the Dominion of Newfoundland, Sir Richard Squires. He also ran as a Liberal candidate in Bonavista in 1932, but lost the election. During the Great Depression he worked for various newspapers and edited a two volume collection titled "The Book of Newfoundland." He also hosted a radio program, The Barrelman, beginning in 1937 that promoted pride in Newfoundland's history and culture. He left the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland in 1943 to operate a pig farm at the Newfoundland Airport at Gander.[1]"

My understanding is that Smallwood conducted the last interview with Big Bill Hayward, head of the IWW (wobblies) prior to Hayward's defection to Russia in 1921.