Joseph Roberts Smallwood: Journalist, Premier, Newfoundland Patriot William R. Callahan
282 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
The political career of Joseph Roberts Smallwood, Newfoundland's "Father of Confederation," is brought to light in biographical perspective. This is an intimate yet objective look at the enigmatic and always controversial first Premier of Newfoundland by one of his own cabinet members.
About the Author
William R. Callahan was born in the original St. Clare's Hospital (the Jackman "white house") in St. John's on November 7, 1931 as the Great Depression was enclosing Newfoundland in its merciless grip. His father, William Bernard Callahan of Riverhead, Harbour Grace, met Alice Marie Rogers of St. John's while he was employed on paper mill construction in Corner Brook and she visiting her sister, Helen Kemp, in nearby Curling. Married by Rev. Michael Brosnan, P.P., in July 1929, in Sacred Heart Church, Petries, they had seven children of whom three sons died before the age of ten, victims of the worst ravages of infant disease in the Western world. After several years in St. John's they relocated to Petries Crossing, a bedroom hamlet west of Corner Brook where Sir Eric Bowater had reinvigorated the "largest integrated pulp and paper mill in the world."
The author was educated at Holy Cross Schools in St. John's and Petries, and graduated from St. Bernard's Academy in Corner Brook in 1948. He attended St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, returned to Corner Brook to pursue a career in journalism with The Western Star, and next joined the editorial staff of newly established CJON Radio (later Television) becoming in time News Director. He returned to the Star as Managing Editor in 1959, but in 1966 grasped the opportunity to experience elective politics. He served as MHA for Port au Port (1966-71) and Minister of Mines, Agriculture and Resources (1968-71).
Successively, Publisher and Managing Editor of The Daily News and Managing Editor and Editorial Page Editor of The Evening Telegram, he also taught Journalism for five years at Lawrence College, and was appointed to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. He is married to Daphne Marie Ryan of St. John's and they have three sons, three daughters and twelve grandchildren.
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