John Herbert Turner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
John Herbert Turner
John Herbert Turner.png
11th Premier of British Columbia
In office
March 4, 1895 – August 8, 1898
Lieutenant GovernorEdgar Dewdney
Thomas Robert McInnes
Preceded byTheodore Davie
Succeeded byCharles Augustus Semlin
MLA for Victoria City
In office
July 7, 1886 – October 3, 1903
Preceded byMontague William Tyrwhitt-Drake
Succeeded byRichard Low Drury
Personal details
Born(1834-05-07)May 7, 1834
Claydon, England
DiedDecember 9, 1923(1923-12-09) (aged 89)
Richmond, England
Political partyNone
Elizabeth Eilbeck (m. 1860)
Children1 son
ResidenceVictoria, British Columbia

John Herbert Turner (May 7, 1834 – December 9, 1923) was a British Columbia politician. Born in Claydon, Suffolk, England, Turner moved to British North America and worked as a merchant in Halifax and Charlottetown. In 1862 he moved to Victoria, British Columbia and founded Turner, Beeton and Co. which was involved in salmon canning, insurance and finance, importing and wholesaling.

He entered politics serving as mayor of Victoria from 1876 to 1881 and entered the provincial legislature in 1886 in the constituency of Victoria City. He served as minister of finance under successive Premiers from 1887 to 1895 and as the 11th Premier of the province from 1895 to 1898. From 1901 to 1915 he was the province's representative in London where he retired. He died in Richmond in 1923.


  • Mouat, Jeremy (2005). "Turner, John Herbert". In Cook, Ramsay; Bélanger, Réal. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XV (1921–1930) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.