William Annand

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William Annand
William Annand by William Notman.jpg
2nd Premier of Nova Scotia
In office
November 7, 1867 – May 8, 1875[1]
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Charles Hastings Doyle
Joseph Howe
Adams George Archibald
Preceded by Hiram Blanchard
Succeeded by Philip Carteret Hill
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1808-04-10)April 10, 1808
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died October 12, 1887(1887-10-12) (aged 79)
London, England, United Kingdom
Political party Liberal
Occupation Publisher

William Annand (April 10, 1808 – October 12, 1887) was a Nova Scotia publisher and politician.

Born in Halifax, Annand was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1836 and supported demands for responsible government.[2] He lost his seat in 1843 and became proprietor and editor of the Novascotian and Morning Chronicle newspapers. In 1851 he returned to the House of Assembly as member for Halifax County. He was the financial secretary in Joseph Howe's ministry from 1860 to 1863 and in 1867 was appointed to the Legislative Council. In July 1866, Annand and Howe headed up a delegation to London in order to lobby against Nova Scotia's inclusion in confederation. He became the second post-confederation Premier of Nova Scotia November 7, 1867 on behalf of the Anti-Confederation Party which soon became the Nova Scotia Liberal Party but was a weak leader. He resigned May 8, 1875 and was replaced three days later by Philip Carteret Hill. Historian David A. Sutherland described him as a "mediocrity" who "possessed neither outstanding ability nor great depth of character." [2]

He died in London in 1887.

His character was in the television drama "The Night They Killed Joe Howe" (1960) (TV drama), starring Douglas Rain, Austin Willis (as William Annand) and James Doohan, was located in Maitland, Nova Scotia.[3]


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Sutherland, David A. (1982). "Annand, William". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 
  3. ^ "Joseph Howe Subject Of Show". The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). October 1, 1960. p. 26. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 

Burpee, Lawrence J., F.R.G.S. Index and Dictionary of Canadian History 1912.