Andrew Charles Elliott

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Andrew Charles Elliott
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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
MLA for Victoria City
In office
September 11, 1875 – May 22, 1878
Preceded by John Foster McCreight
Succeeded by John W. Williams
Personal details
Born (1829-06-22)June 22, 1829
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, High Sheriff of the province. He resigned his magistracy to take the post as High Sheriff. He was a member of the colony's appointed Colonial Assembly 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 fourth Premier of the province on the defeat of George Anthony Walkem's government in a Motion of No Confidence. His government was unstable and he 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.


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

Family life

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.

External links

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