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Alexander Edmund Batson Davie

Alexander Edmund Batson Davie
Hon. Alexander Edmund Batson Davie
8th Premier of British Columbia
In office
April 1, 1887 – August 1, 1889
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Hugh Nelson
Preceded by William Smithe
Succeeded by John Robson
Personal details
Born (1847-11-24)November 24, 1847
Somerset, England
Died August 1, 1889(1889-08-01) (aged 41)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political party None
Religion Roman Catholic

Alexander Edmund Batson Davie, QC who is usually referred to as A. E. B. Davie, (November 24, 1847  – August 1, 1889) was a British Columbia politician and lawyer, and was premier of British Columbia from 1887 until his death.

Opposition. He lost his seat in 1877 after a brief stint in the cabinet of Premier Andrew Charles Elliott, as provincial secretary. Davie returned to the legislature in 1882 and became Attorney-General under Premier William Smithe. He went to Ottawa and argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of provincial rights pleading that the province had a right to regulate its liquour sales. When Smithe died in 1887, the lieutenant-governor asked Davie to become Premier but he fell ill within months and left for California to recuperate. In his absence, Provincial Secretary John Robson ran the government on a day-to-day basis, though Davie kept in touch through letters. He returned in May 1888, but his health was in a poor state, and he ultimately died in office. His brother, Theodore Davie, later became premier in 1892.

Davie Street in Vancouver is named for him. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in September 1883.

Davie was married December 3, 1874, to Constance Langford Skinner of Maple Bay, British Columbia. They had four children.[1] Alexander Edmund Batson Davie is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia.


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External links

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineBiography at the
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