Alexander Edmund Batson Davie

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Alexander Edmund Batson Davie
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Hon. Alexander Edmund Batson Davie
8th Premier of British Columbia
In office
April 1, 1887 – August 1, 1889
Lieutenant GovernorHugh Nelson
Preceded byWilliam Smithe
Succeeded byJohn Robson
MLA for Cariboo
In office
September 11, 1875 – May 22, 1878
Preceded byJoseph Hunter
Succeeded byGeorge Cowan
MLA for Lillooet
In office
July 24, 1882 – August 1, 1889
Serving with Edward Allen
Preceded byWilliam Brown
Succeeded byAlfred Wellington Smith
Personal details
Born(1847-11-24)November 24, 1847
Somerset, England
DiedAugust 1, 1889(1889-08-01) (aged 41)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political partyNone
Constance Langford Skinner (m. 1874)

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.

Called to the bar in 1873, he was the first person to receive his entire law education in British Columbia. Davie was first elected to the provincial legislature in 1875 from the riding of Cariboo as independent opposition candidate.[1] 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, this time from the riding of Lillooet, 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.[2] Alexander Edmund Batson Davie is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia.


  1. ^ Electoral History of British Columbia 1871-1986. Victoria, BC: Elections British Columbia (1988)
  2. ^ "Archived item". Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2006-09-08.

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