Charles William Digby Clifford

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Charles William Digby Clifford (October 14, 1842[1] – May 10, 1916[2]) was an Irish-born miner, trader, hotel owner and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Cassiar from 1898 to 1903 and Skeena from 1903 to 1907 as a Conservative in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

He was born in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, the son of Reverend R. S. Clifford and Harriet Young, and was educated in London. In 1888, he married Lucy Margaret McNeill.[1] Clifford was a postmaster for the Hudson's Bay Company at Hazelton from 1885 to 1887; he was employed as a clerk there from 1887 to 1891 and at Fort Simpson from 1891 to 1896.[3] He later owned a hotel and general store in Kitselas. In 1912, in partnership with Nels Anderson and John Walker "Jack" Patterson, he built the Nicholl Hotel.[4] He died in Vancouver at the age of 73.[2]


  1. ^ a b Magurn, A J (1901). Canadian Parliamentary Guide 1901.
  2. ^ a b "Vital Event Death Registration". BC Archives. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  3. ^ "Clifford, Charles William Digby" (PDF). Hudson's Bay Company Archives. Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  4. ^ "Nicholl Hotel". Living Landscaopes. Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 2011-09-01.