Thomas Wilson Paterson

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Thomas Wilson Paterson
Portrait of Thomas Wilson Paterson (c. 1914).jpg
9th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
December 3, 1909 – December 5, 1914
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Governor General The Earl Grey
the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Premier Richard McBride
Preceded by James Dunsmuir
Succeeded by Francis Stillman Barnard
Personal details
Born (1851-12-06)6 December 1851
Darnel, Scotland
Died 28 August 1921(1921-08-28) (aged 69)
Victoria, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Emma Elizabeth Riley (m. 1886)
Occupation railway contractor
Profession Politician

Thomas Wilson Paterson (6 December 1851 – 28 August 1921) was a Canadian railway contractor, politician, and the ninth Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.[1]

Born in Darnel, Scotland, he immigrated to Canada with his parents.He was raised in Ontario.[1] After moving to British Columbia in 1885,[2] he helped to build the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway line on Vancouver Island.[1] Paterson married Emma Elizabeth Riley in 1886.[2] In 1895, he became general manager of the Victoria and Sidney Railway.[1] Paterson was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in an 1902 by-election held following the death of John Paton Booth.[3] In 1903, he was elected to the assembly for the riding of The Islands. In 1907, he was defeated when running for mayor of Victoria and was not re-elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 1907 election. From 1909 to 1914, he was the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He retired in 1914 and died in 1921.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia biography". Government House. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Paterson, Thomas Wilson". British Columbia Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986". Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27.