James W. Douglas

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James William Douglas (1851[1] – November 7, 1883[2]) was a Canadian who represented Victoria City in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1875 to 1878.

He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of Sir James Douglas, the first governor of Vancouver Island,[3] and Amelia Connolly.[4] James had been born in British Guiyana to a Scottish planter father and a free woman of colour. Amelia was the Anglo-Métis daughter of William Connolly, fur trader, and his Cree wife; she grew up at the Hudson Bay Company forts managed by her father.

Douglas was educated in Victoria. He served in the local militia.[3] For a time, he studied law with John Foster McCreight. In 1877, Douglas married Mary, the daughter of Andrew Charles Elliott. He died in San Francisco at the age of 32.[2]


  1. ^ "James William Douglas". Heritage Branch, Province of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Vital Event Death Registration". BC Archives. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  3. ^ a b Mackintosh, Charles H (1877). The Canadian parliamentary companion and annual register, 1877. p. 377. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ Ormsby, Margaret A (1972). "James Douglas". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved 2011-07-26.