Charles Augustus Semlin
|Charles Augustus Semlin|
|12th Premier of British Columbia|
August 15, 1898 – February 27, 1900
|Lieutenant Governor||Thomas Robert McInnes|
|Preceded by||John Herbert Turner|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Martin|
December 4, 1836|
near Barrie, Upper Canada
|Died||November 2, 1927
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Charles Augustus "Charlie" Semlin (4 December 1836 – November 2, 1927) was a British Columbia politician and rancher.
Born near Barrie, Upper Canada, Semlin worked there as a schoolteacher until 1862 when he moved to British Columbia during the gold rush to become a prospector. Failing at that, he took work under Clement Francis Cornwall at the Ashcroft Manor Ranch. With Philip Parke he established the Cache Creek Hotel. In 1869 he purchased the Dominion Ranch and became a rancher. He entered politics when British Columbia became a province of Canada, in 1871, winning the Yale riding in the provincial legislature in 1871 and was defeated in 1876, though won election again in 1882. He as Leader of the Opposition in 1884. While in politics Semlin was instrumental in the building and operating of a boarding school in Cache Creek. The site was chosen there as Cache Creek was the midpoint between the Cariboo region to the north and the populated areas of the Lower Mainland to the south. He lost his seat in 1875 but returned to the assembly in 1882. In 1894 he became leader of the opposition and finally the 12th Premier of British Columbia in August 1898. His government lasted only two years and resigned to make way for the rump regime of Joseph Martin, who was defeated in the election of 1900.
He died on November 3, 1927 at his ranch, which is just east of Cache Creek, British Columbia.
His name features in the Cache Creek area in the Canadian Pacific Railway railway-point name Semlin, on the south bank the Thompson River near Cache Creek and in the name of the Semlin Valley which stretches east from Cache Creek on the north side of the Thompson, and is the route of the Trans-Canada Highway today. It was the location of his Dominion Ranch.
- "Charles Augustus Semlin". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
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