Charles Augustus Semlin

Charles Augustus Zemun ( born December 4, 1836 in Barrie, Ontario, † November 2, 1927 in Cache Creek ) was a Canadian politician, teacher and rancher. From August 1898 to February 1900 he was Prime Minister of the Province of British Columbia.


Until 1862 Zemun worked as a teacher in the city of Barrie. This year, he learned from the Cariboo Gold Rush and moved to British Columbia in order to try his luck. He found little gold and settled in 1865 in the town of Cache Creek down. There he bought an inn in one of the most important thoroughfares of the time. Around it he acquired step by step land and built one of the largest ranches in the region to which numbered up to 15,000 head of cattle.

In the first election of the province of Zemun was elected in November 1871 as a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Yale in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (at that time there were no political parties ). In October 1875, he lost his seat again; these he won back in July 1882. After the elections in July 1894 Zemun was opposition leader.

When John Herbert Turner was able to form a government after elections in July 1898, appointed Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Robert McInnes Zemun on August 15, the new Prime Minister. Semlins reign was marked by numerous controversies, emanating mainly from Joseph Martin, the Attorney General. On February 28, 1900 Zemun stepped back, he decided not to run in the subsequent elections in June 1900. Three years later he won a by-election, but did after a few months based on. His remaining years of life spent Zemun on his ranch.