James Mitchell (Canadian politician)

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James Mitchell
8th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
July 17, 1896 – October 29, 1897
Lieutenant GovernorJohn James Fraser
Abner Reid McClelan
Preceded byAndrew George Blair
Succeeded byHenry Emmerson
MLA for Charlotte
In office
June 14, 1882 – December 15, 1897
Preceded byThomas Cottrell
Succeeded byJohn Dewolfe Chipman
Personal details
BornMarch 16, 1843
Scotch Settlement, York County, New Brunswick, British North America
DiedDecember 15, 1897(1897-12-15) (aged 54)
St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada
Resting placeSt. Stephen Rural Cemetery
Political partyLiberal
Mary Anne Ryder
(m. 1873)
Children1 daughter
Alma materFredericton Collegiate School, University of New Brunswick
OccupationLawyer and schoolteacher

James Mitchell (March 16, 1843 – December 15, 1897) was a politician in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Prior to entering politics, Mitchell was a schoolteacher and a prominent lawyer in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.[1]

In 1882 he was elected to the provincial legislature as a Liberal MLA. Appointed to the Executive Council, he served as Surveyor-General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Receiver-General and Provincial Secretary.

Mitchell became the eighth premier of New Brunswick in 1896 but resigned in 1897 due to ill health and died shortly thereafter.

Mitchell is buried in the St. Stephen Rural Cemetery in St. Stephen, with his wife Mary Ann (Ryder) and 2-year-old daughter, Christine.[2]


  1. ^ "James Mitchell". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  2. ^ "Hon. James Mitchell" Heritage Charlotte, 2006-2017