ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A sketch of Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador:
Education: Studied political science and economics at Memorial University in Newfoundland before he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1969. He received a degree in arts and law at Oxford University in England then returned to Canada to study law at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Early career: Williams became a criminal lawyer. While he was studying at Dalhousie, he also led a consortium of business people who sought Newfoundland and Labrador's first cable TV licence. In 2000, he sold Cable Atlantic for $232 million.
Political Career: Became leader of the Progressive Conservative party in 2001, later winning a byelection in June of that year to take a seat in the legislature. Became premier in a big win for his party on October 21, 2003, and won a second majority government four years later.
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Private life: An active hockey player, Williams was a well-known figure in junior hockey circles in St. John's and played a key role in bringing an American Hockey League team to the city. Williams has four children and four grandchildren.
Quote: "You know, I laugh when critics and some reporters say that I'm nothing more than a fighter, someone always looking for a racket, never happy unless I'm taking someone on. Well folks, I'm here to tell you today that those folks are right." — Williams speaking Thursday in announcing his resignation.