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Sir Edmund Barton 1849-1920 Edmund Barton was born to his parents William and Mary Barton on the 18th of January 1849 in Glebe Sydney in New South Wales Barton attended Sydney Grammar School and he won many scholarships He studied law at Sydney University and he received first class honors He got a masters degree by the age of 21 He practiced as a barrister in 1871 Edmund married a lady called Jean Mason Ross and had 2 daughters and 4 sons In 1879 Edmund Barton was voted into Legislative Assembly of New South Wales colonial Government At the age of 333rd of January 1883 he became speaker of legislative assembly he was the youngest speaker to ever on the legislative assembly On the 31st of January 1887 Barton lost his seat After the loosing of his seat he was voted into the Legislated council from the 2nd of February 1887 to the 12th of June 1891 he was also in the Legislated council on the 8th of May 1897 to the 22nd of July 1898 Edmund Barton was an Attorney General on the 17th of January to the 7th of March 1889 also on the 23rd of October 1891 to the 14th of December 1893 In 1889 he was also the Queens counsel In 1889 Sir Henry Parkes made a speech at Tenterfield calling for a convention on federation In 1891 Edmund was one of the constitutional committee members for the convention Barton got the seat for East-Sydney and re-entered the assembly Parkes Retired as Premier of New South Wales and Edmund Barton took over Barton was both the leader and chairmen of the constitutional committee at the 2nd federation convention held in 1897 Edmund Barton had some set backs along his was some of these were Parkes criticism towards Edmund and Parkes belief in free trade where as Barton believed in Tariff protection In
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