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Edmund Barton

Former Prime Minister of Australia
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Prime Ministers
Residence: Glebe
Country: Australian
BirthDay: 18 January 1849
Sigh: Aquarius
Died On: January 7, 1920
Education: 1868 - University of Sydney, 1870 - University of Sydney, Sydney Grammar School, Fort Street High School

Edmund Barton was bornon 18 January 1849 in Glebe, Australian, is Former Prime Minister of Australia. Sir Edmund Barton was the first Australian Prime Minister who was a strong crusader of federalism, supporting a united commonwealth. He also strongly advocated the practice of trade without any restrictions posed by duties and taxes. He began his political career as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the 'University of Sydney' electoral division. He was later appointed to the districts of Wellington and East Sydney, during which he was also appointed as a speaker to the Legislative Assembly. He was initially a member of George Dibbs' government, later moving on to the party of Henry Parkes. In his struggle to get federal policies introduced into the constitution, he was supported by his friend Richard O'Connor and his successor Alfred Deakin. In the early 1900s, with his increased popularity, he was appointed the Prime Minister of Australia. He remained in office for around two years, introducing important reforms, before resigning to establish the High Court of Australia, where he served as a judge till his death. This celebrated political leader is the recipient of four knighthoods, of which he accepted only one. Even today, he is revered by many, and several places in Australia are named after this brilliant leader as a tribute


During 1951-69, this former Prime Minister featured on Australian stamps on two instances


Sir Edmund succumbed to a heart attack on January 7, 1920, at New South Wales' 'Hydro Majestic Hotel'


In 1903, he quit the parliament and went on to found the 'High Court of Australia', acting as its justice


In 1902, he gave women citizens the right to vote in the federal elections


Sir Edmund's government held the first ever federal poll in March 1901, where the Prime Minister was appointed at the electoral division of Hunter, without a single opposition candidate


In 1900, with the goal of making the British government realise the importance of the federation bill, he left the Parliament and went to London with friends Charles Kingston and Alfred Deakin


The latter however joined Barton, in 1899, in his campaign for federation of Australia


In 1897, he took part once again, this time winning the elections with majority votes


When the politician contested in the elections held at the Randwick region, in July, 1894, he failed to win


In December 1893, the political leader had to resign from his post as Attorney-General, when his decision to fight a case against the government along with friend Richard O'Connor, came into light


Parkes' government too did not last long, and in 1891, Barton was appointed in-charge of the federal movement by Parkes


From 1887-89, Edmund became a member of the Legislative Council, and was also made the Attorney-General of the government led by George Dibbs, belonging to the 'Protectionist Party' of Australia


In 1884, he began leading the 'University of Sydney Union', as its President


He served on the Wellington committee for two years, before being appointed to the East Sydney electoral district, where he was a member from 1882-87


In August, 1879, Barton contested once again in the Legislative Assembly, and this time he won the elections


In 1877, the young politician got married to Jane Mason Ross, who he had met in Newcastle


After completing his studies, Edmund began working as a barrister in 1871


Edmund Barton was born to William and his wife Mary Louise, on January 18, 1849, in the New South Wales’ suburb of Glebe

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