de Cosmos, Amor

DE COSMOS, Amor, journalist, politician, premier 23 Dec 1872–11 Feb 1874 (b 20 Aug 1825, Windsor, NS; d 4 July 1897, Victoria). Born William Alexander Smith, he left Nova Scotia at age 26 and went to California, where he became a photographer. In 1854 he changed his name to Amor de Cosmos, "lover of the universe." At the beginning of the Fraser R GOLD RUSH four years later, he moved to VICTORIA and founded the British Colonist newspaper. As editor, he was an outspoken critic of Gov James...

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