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Shirley Theresa Dysart was born in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. and died on December 14, 2016.
She was a Canadian teacher and a politician in the province of New Brunswick.
Dysart considered one of the province’s most important political figures of the twentieth century as she was the first woman to hold a number of high-ranking political positions.
Dysart was the eldest of eight children, and often cared for her younger siblings while her parents worked.
Shirley attended school in Saint John, New Brunswick and studied at the New Brunswick Teachers’ College and the University of New Brunswick.
Shirley Dysart also received a Beaverbrook Scholarship and studied at the University of London.
After her graduation, he taught in high schools and served on school boards in Saint John for 10 years.
During 1974 the leader of the Liberal Party, Bob Higgins, suggested she run for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick; she won the seat of Saint John North, becoming the first female Liberal, and second female of any party, to serve in the Legislative Assembly.
Shirley Dysart passed away at 88 years old.