From Gambo, Newfoundland
Joseph Roberts “Joey” Smallwood was the main force that brought the Dominion of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1949.
Born in 1900 in Gambo, Newfoundland
In-office 1949 – 1972
Died in 1991 in St. John’s, Newfoundland
Joey Smallwood became the first Premier of Newfoundland and served until 1972. As premier, he vigorously promoted economic development, championed the welfare state, and emphasized modernization of education and transportation.