James Mitchell (Canadian politician)

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James Mitchell
8th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
July 17, 1896 – October 29, 1897
Monarch Victoria
Lieutenant Governor John James Fraser
Abner Reid McClelan
Preceded by Andrew George Blair
Succeeded by Henry Emmerson
MLA for Charlotte
In office
June 14, 1882 – December 15, 1897
Serving with John McAdam, James E. Lynott, William Douglas, George F. Hill, James Russell, George F. Hibbard, James O'Brien
Preceded by Thomas Cottrell
Succeeded by John Dewolfe Chipman
Personal details
Born March 16, 1843
Scotch Settlement, York County, New Brunswick, Canada
Died December 15, 1897(1897-12-15) (aged 54)
St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada
Resting place St. Stephen Rural Cemetery
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Mary Anne Ryder (m. 1873)
Children 1 daughter
Alma mater Fredericton Collegiate School, University of New Brunswick
Occupation lawyer and schoolteacher
Profession politician
Religion Presbyterian

James Mitchell (March 16, 1843 – December 15, 1897) was a politician in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Prior to entering politics, Mitchell was a schoolteacher and a prominent lawyer in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

In 1882 he was elected to the provincial legislature as a Liberal MLA. Appointed to the Executive Council, he served as Surveyor-General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Receiver-General and Provincial Secretary.

James Mitchell became the eighth Premier in 1896 but resigned in 1897 due to ill health and died shortly thereafter.

James is buried in the St. Stephen Rural Cemetery in St. Stephen, with his wife Mary Ann (Ryder) and 2 year-old daughter, Christine.[1]


  1. ^ "Hon. James Mitchell" Heritage Charlotte, 2006-2017

"James Mitchell". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.