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William Wallace Burns McInnes

Photo of William Wallace Burns McInnesTerm of Office: 1905 (May 27) – 1907 (January)
Preceded by: Frederick Tennyson Congdon (and Acting Commissioner Zachary Taylor Wood)
Succeeded by: Alexander Henderson


Born: 1871 (April), Dresden, Ontario
Died: 1954, Vancouver, British Columbia


  • His father was Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia from 1897 to 1900.
  • He studied at the University of Toronto when he was only 14 and was the youngest student to graduate from the university at that time.
  • He studied law at Osgood hall and worked at a Nanaimo law firm starting in 1893.
  • In 1896 he was elected as a Member of Parliament of Canada representing Vancouver and in 1900 he was a member of the British Columbia Legislature representing Port Alberni.
  • As Commissioner of Yukon he was instrumental in bringing the Miners' Lien Bill into law. This provided guarantees to all employees working in the gold-fields and is used to this day.
  • After resigning as Commissioner of Yukon he moved to Vancouver and from 1909 to 1917 he was a judge for the County Court of Vancouver.