James William Douglas

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James William Douglas (1851 – November 7, 1883) 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, and Amelia Connolly, and was educated there. (His grandmother on his father's side was part black; his mother was Cree.) Douglas served in the local militia.

He was sent to school in England. It had been his father's aspirations that he graduate from a respected university and pursue law, but his health was never good enough to fulfil those aspirations. His father felt that he lacked application, and moved him from one school to the next. In 1870, James came home for a holiday and never returned, though his health somewhat improved. James studied law for a time with the first premier of British Columbia,  John Foster McCreight. He was eventually elected to the Provincial Legislature, serving as a junior member for Victoria from 1876 to 1878. The year of his fathers death, James wed Mary Elliott, the daughter of BC's Attorney General A.C. Elliot. James died at the age of thirty t

In 1877, Douglas married Mary, the daughter of Andrew Charles Elliott.

He died in San Francisco at the age of 32.


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