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Theodore Davie

Theodore Davie
The Hon. Theodore Davie
10th Premier of British Columbia
In office
July 2, 1892 – March 2, 1895
Lieutenant GovernorHugh Nelson
Edgar Dewdney
Preceded byJohn Robson
Succeeded byJohn Herbert Turner
MLA for Victoria City
In office
July 24, 1882 – June 13, 1890
Preceded byJames Smith Drummond
Succeeded byJohn Grant
MLA for Cowichan
In office
June 13, 1890 – July 7, 1894
Serving with Henry Croft
Preceded byWilliam Smithe
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
MLA for Cowichan-Alberni
In office
July 7, 1894 – February 23, 1895
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byThomas Anthony Wood
Personal details
Born(1852-03-22)March 22, 1852
Brixton, England
DiedMarch 7, 1898(1898-03-07) (aged 45)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political partyNone
Blanche Baker
(m. 1874)
Mary Alice Yorke
(m. 1884)

Theodore Davie (March 22, 1852 in Brixton, London – March 7, 1898 in Victoria, British Columbia) was a British Columbia lawyer, politician, and jurist. He practised law in Cassiar and Nanaimo before settling in Victoria and becoming a leading criminal lawyer. He was the brother of Alexander Edmund Batson Davie, who served as premier of British Columbia from 1887 to 1889. Theodore Davie was first elected to the provincial legislature in 1882. In 1889, he became attorney-general under Premier John Robson, and succeeded Robson as premier in 1892.

Davie's government passed a Redistribution Bill to give the mainland of the province greater representation in the legislature. His government also provided financial incentives to the railways in an effort to stimulate the economy. The Davie government also approved the construction of the province's parliament buildings in Victoria despite pressure to move the capital to the mainland.

Davie served as premier until 1895 when he resigned to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia succeeding the province's first Chief Justice, Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie.

Theodore Davie is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia.


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