The Honourable Edward L. Wetmore
1887 - 1907 Justice of the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories
1907 - 1912 First Chief Justice of Saskatchewan
Edward Wetmore was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1841. He was educated at the University of New Brunswick and was admitted to New Brunswick's Bar in 1864. Wetmore was elected mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1874, a position he held for two years.
Mr. Wetmore was appointed a puisne judge of the first Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories in 1887, in the judicial district of Eastern Assiniboia, Moosomin. When the court was reorganized in 1907 Justice Wetmore was appointed the first Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. Wetmore was Chief Justice of Saskatchewan until 1912. The other members of Saskatchewan's first Supreme Court were Prendergast, Newlands, Johnston and Lamont.
As Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Saskatchewan, Wetmore earned $7,000.00 per annum. Wetmore was well known for his punctuality. He did not hesitate to chastize lawyers for being late, even though they often had to travel by scow or canoe. In 1907 he also became the first Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan.
Regina's Wetmore Elementary School on Wallace Street was named in commemoration of the Honourable E.L. Wetmore.