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Andrew Charles Elliott

Andrew Charles Elliott
Hon. Andrew Charles Elliott
4th Premier of British Columbia
In office
February 1, 1876 – February 11, 1878
Monarch Queen Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Joseph Trutch
Albert Norton Richards
Preceded by George Anthony Walkem
Succeeded by George Anthony Walkem
Personal details
Born (1829-06-22)June 22, 1829
Ireland
Died April 9, 1889(1889-04-09) (aged 59)
San Francisco
Political party None

Andrew Charles Elliott (June 22, 1829 – April 9, 1889) was a British Columbian politician and jurist. Elliott's varied career in British Columbia included Gold Commissioner, stipendiary magistrate and, following the union of the Island and Mainland Colonies in 1866 was appoint High Sheriff of the province, resigning his magristracy to take the post. He was a member of the colony's appointed Legislative Council from 1865 to 1866 and after the colony became a province of Canada he was elected, in 1875, to the Victoria City seat in the provincial legislature and became leader of the opposition. Before his election to the House, he was a provincial magistrate in Lillooet.

In 1876 Elliott became the Motion of No Confidence but his government was unstable, was unable to make progress with the federal government on the province's demands that Ottawa build a railway to the Pacific. Tax increases and the government's failure to secure a railway terminus for Victoria, British Columbia led to Elliott's defeat in his riding in the 1878 election as well as the defeat of his government.

His daughter Mary married James W. Douglas, the only son of James Douglas, but his son-in-law died at age 32 and Elliott was one of the pallbearers at the funeral.

Andrew Charles Elliott is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia. His obituary in Amor de Cosmos' Victoria Colonist newspaper read:

External links

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineBiography at the
  • Halfway to the Goldfields, Lorraine Harris, J.J. Douglas, Vancouver, 1977 ISBN 0-88894-062-9
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