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] and was educated there. (His grandmother on his father's side was part black; his mother was Cree.) Douglas 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. 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.