James Aubrey Simmons

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James A. Simmons
Member of Parliament
for Yukon (1953–1957)
for Yukon—Mackenzie River (1949–1953)
In office
Preceded byGeorge Black
Succeeded byErik Nielsen
Personal details
Born(1897-07-08)July 8, 1897
Revelstoke, British Columbia
DiedNovember 30, 1979(1979-11-30) (aged 82)
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada
Spouse(s)Della Louise Rapuzzi
(m. 5 Mar 1934)[1]

James Aubrey Simmons (July 8, 1897 – November 30, 1979) was a Canadian politician, notary and magistrate.[2]

Born in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Simmons would go on to sit many times in the House of Commons of Canada representing the Yukon Territory.

A member of the Liberal Party, his first win came in 1949 when he represented the federal constituency of Yukon-Mackenzie River, an electoral district newly crafted out of the Yukon electoral district in 1947. Simmons easily won the election. His rival, Arthur Massey Berry, an Independent, lost by over 1,000 votes.

By 1953, at the next federal election, the riding of Yukon-Mackenzie River was abolished and transformed again into the Yukon electoral district. Running again for a seat in the House, Simmons won the 1953 election for the Yukon. In parliament, Simmons sponsored a bill for the creation of an Alaska-Yukon pipeline.[3]

He was re-elected in 1957 federal election, but his election was declared void and he lost the subsequent by-election. He tried in the 1958 federal election to regain his seat but was again defeated and he never again went for a seat in the House of Commons.

He died in 1979 following a stroke.[4][5]


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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
George Black
Member of Parliament for Yukon—Mackenzie River
1949 – 1953
Succeeded by
Erik Nielsen
Member of Parliament for Yukon
1953 – 1957