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
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Hugh Nelson
Preceded by William Smithe
Succeeded by John Robson
MLA for Cariboo
In office
September 11, 1875 – May 22, 1878
Serving with George Anthony Walkem, John Evans
Preceded by Joseph Hunter
Succeeded by George Cowan
MLA for Lillooet
In office
July 24, 1882 – August 1, 1889
Serving with Edward Allen
Preceded by William Brown
Succeeded by Alfred Wellington Smith
Personal details
Born (1847-11-24)November 24, 1847
Somerset, England
Died August 1, 1889(1889-08-01) (aged 41)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political party None
Spouse(s) Constance Langford Skinner (m. 1874)
Religion Roman Catholic

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 Lillooet and began as a supporter of the government of George Anthony Walkem, but soon joined the Opposition. 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 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.[1] Alexander Edmund Batson Davie is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia.


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