As the NWT has a consensus government, the premier is elected by and from the members of the legislative assembly, who are not divided into parties.
|Sir Frederick W. A. G. Haultain||1897-1905|
|NWT governed by a commissioner|
Note. Prior to 1897, the Northwest Territories had no premier. From 1905 to 1980, the head of government of the NWT was a commissioner appointed by the federal government. Prior to 1994, the NWT head of government was referred to as Government Leader.
For more lists of this type, see Lists of incumbents.