Frederick Cope

Frederick Cope
Fred Cope Vancouver.jpg
Mayor of Vancouver
In office
Preceded byDavid Oppenheimer
Succeeded byRobert Anderson
Personal details
Born(1860-07-09)July 9, 1860
Oxford, England
DiedSeptember 19, 1897(1897-09-19) (aged 37)
Summit Lake, Yukon, Canada
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery
49°14′7.7″N 123°5′33.5″W / 49.235472°N 123.092639°W / 49.235472; -123.092639
Occupationbusinessman, merchant

Frederick Cope (July 9, 1860 – September 19, 1897) was the third Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, serving from 1892 to 1893.

Cope was born in Oxford, England in 1860. After moving to Canada, and later British Columbia, he was president of the British Columbia Building Association and operated a dry goods, millinery, tailoring and grocery business.[1]

Cope defeated John Thomas Carroll in the 1892 mayoral election, one of the most hotly contested and closest in the city's history, winning with an 11-vote majority. He is the youngest elected mayor in the history of Vancouver, having been aged 32 at the time of his election.[2] During the election, he garnered support of the city's business class, and the Vancouver World newspaper. His council however would consist of "reformers" of the working class, in opposition to Cope's representation of the business class.[3] During his mayoralty, the city experienced an economic downturn; Cope responded by attempting to limit civic expenses, including the laying off of city employees, and initiating cutbacks. He also advocated for the Canada-Australia Steam Line, with the inaugural ship arriving in June 1893.

Cope was a Freemason.[4] He drowned during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897 in Shallow Lake, Yukon,[5] when his horse fell while crossing the body of water. He tried unsuccessfully to rescue the horse and was pulled away by the undercurrents.[6] His body was later transported back to Vancouver, and after sorting out a mixup of the remains, was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.


  1. ^ Davis, Chuck (1976). The Vancouver Book. Vancouver, British Columbia: J.J. Douglas Ltd. ISBN 9780888940841. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Todd, Douglas. "The Mayors of Vancouver: A lively history | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  3. ^ Making Vancouver: Class, Status, and Social Boundaries, 1863-1913 - Robert A J McDonald - Google Books. 2011-11-01. ISBN 9780774842273. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  4. ^ "Frederick Cope". Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  5. ^ "Fred Cope". Skagway Stories. 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-02-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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