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DE COSMOS, Amor, Canadian journalist, born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, about 1830. He was educated in his native place and ill Halifax. He went to California in 1852, and to British Columbia in 1858, in which year he founded the "British Colonist" newspaper, which he owned and edited from that date until 1863. In 1870 he founded the "Daily Standard," and was its editor and proprietor until 1872, when he retired. The same year he formed an administration in British Columbia, and held the portfolio of president of the executive council (without salary) from the date of the formation of the government until he retired from local politics in 1874, in consequence of the operation of the act against dual representation. Mr. De Cosmos was the first in British Columbia to advocate the introduction of responsible government into the colony, the first to recommend the union of the Pacific provinces, which he accomplished in 1867, and also the first to advocate the union of British Columbia with the Dominion, and was subsequently instrumental in securing the unanimous acceptance of the terms of union made with Canada. He represented Victoria in the Vancouver Island assembly after the union of that Island with British Columbia, and sat in the legislative council almost uninterruptedly from 1867 till 1871. In 1871 British Columbia was united to Canada, and 5Jr. De Cosmos was elected to both the local assembly and the Canadian parliament. He was reelected to the Dominion parliament in 1872, and again in 1874 and 1878.
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