Charles Augustus Semlin

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Charles Augustus Semlin
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12th Premier of British Columbia
In office
August 15, 1898 – February 27, 1900
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor Thomas Robert McInnes
Preceded by John Herbert Turner
Succeeded by Joseph Martin
MLA for Yale
In office
October 16, 1871 – September 11, 1875
Serving with Robert Smith, James Robinson
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Forbes George Vernon
In office
July 24, 1882 – July 7, 1894
Serving with Preston Bennett, John Andrew Mara, George Bohun Martin
Preceded by Forbes George Vernon
Succeeded by riding abolished
MLA for Yale-West
In office
July 7, 1894 – June 9, 1900
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Denis Murphy
Personal details
Born (1836-12-04)December 4, 1836
near Barrie, Upper Canada
Died November 2, 1927(1927-11-02) (aged 90)
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Residence Cache Creek, British Columbia
Occupation teacher, miner, packer, hotel owner, rancher
Profession politician

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.[1] 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[2] 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.[3]