Claude L. Harrison

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Claude Harrison
Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia
In office
Preceded byPercy E. George
Succeeded byPercy B. Scurrah
Personal details
Born(1886-09-20)September 20, 1886
Victoria, British Columbia
DiedMay 12, 1986(1986-05-12) (aged 99)
Victoria, British Columbia

Claude Lionel Harrison (September 20, 1886 – March 12, 1986) became the 44th mayor of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, after serving as the city's prosecutor[1] for forty years.[2]

The son of judge Eli Harrison and Eunice Mary Louisa Seabrook,[3][1] he was born in Victoria.[3] He was 64 years old when he was elected as mayor, serving from 1951 until 1955.[2]

In 1953, during Harrison's term as mayor, the Harrison Yacht Pond was built for use by model boats.[4]

After John Maitland Marshall, a librarian suspected of leftist leanings, was fired in 1954, Harrison stated that he would support the burning of any subversive books found on library shelves.[5]

Harrison died in Victoria at the age of 99.[6]


  1. ^ a b Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial families : a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour. Volume 1. p. 888. |volume= has extra text (help)
  2. ^ a b Elms, Lindsay. "Claude Lionel Harrison". Beyond Nootka.
  3. ^ a b "Vital Event Birth Registration". BC Archives.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "About Harrison Yacht Pond". Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society. Archived from the original on 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  5. ^ "Book excerpt: Red Scare ensnared city's first bookmobile librarian". Victoria Times-Colonist. April 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "Vital Event Death Registration". BC Archives.[permanent dead link]