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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. (afterwards the Hon.) William Swainson

Mr. (afterwards the Hon.) William Swainson replaced Mr. Francis Fisher, the first Attorney-General, on the 10th of August, 1841, and held the position until the establishment of responsible Government on the 7th of May, 1856. He, therefore, enjoyed the distinction of an Executive Councillor for a longer period than anyone else in the history of the Colony.