Andrew Charles Elliott

Andrew Charles Elliott ( * ca 1828 in Ireland; † April 9, 1889 in San Francisco) was a Canadian politician, lawyer and judge. For two years, from 1 February 1876 to 25 June 1878 he was Prime Minister of the Province of British Columbia.


About Elliott youth nothing more is known. He worked in 1851 as a law clerk in Lincoln 's Inn in London, was called to the bar in 1854 and was then in the Inner Temple worked. With a letter of recommendation by Lord Lytton in 1859 he went to British Columbia and built under Governor James Douglas, the court system of the colony. He has held several administrative positions such as gold commissioner and magistrate, was one of 1865/66 at the appointed Legislative Council and in 1866 was Sheriff Principal of the United Colonies of Vancouver Iceland and British Columbia.

After the accession of British Columbia to the Canadian Confederation in 1871, Elliott provincial magistrate was in Lillooet. In September 1875 he was elected to the electoral district of Victoria in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and immediately assumed the role of an opposition leader (at that time there were no parties). Prime Minister George Anthony Walkem lost on February 1, 1876 vote of no confidence and Lieutenant Governor Joseph William Trutch Elliott appointed as the new head of government.

Three weeks later he was able to record a victory in the elections. The given by his predecessors in order road and port facilities tore a large hole in the provincial treasury. Elliott was forced to raise taxes, which led to a rapid loss of popularity. In elections in May 1878 he lost his seat He led the official business continued until 25 June and withdrew from politics. Elliott became seriously ill; when he was in San Francisco in 1886, advised by his doctors not to return in the harsh climate of the North.