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Joseph Attwood Reynolds Homer (1827-1886) was born in Barrington, Nova Scotia. He came to B.C. in 1858 via San Francisco. He became one of the first sawmill owners in New Westminster and had an active interest in the British Columbia Coal Mining Company. In 1860 he was elected to the first city council of New Westminster, and was a signatory of the petition sent to the colonial office from the members of the Hope convention of 1861 asking for a separate government for the mainland. In 1864 he was the first member to be elected by the City of New Westminster to the Legislative Council of the Crown Colony of B.C. Appointed High Sheriff of B.C. in 1866, he read the royal proclamation uniting the British crown colonies of Vancouver Island and B.C. In 1882 he was elected Conservative MP for New Westminster.