Edgar Gerhart

Edgar Henry Gerhart (December 18, 1923 – May 25, 1992) was a lawyer, judge and politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1952 to 1971 as a member of the Social Credit caucus in government. He served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Ernest Manning and Harry Strom from 1967 to 1971.

Edgar Henry Gerhart
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
August 5, 1952 – June 18, 1959
Preceded byClayton Adams and Lou Heard
Succeeded byDistrict Abolished
ConstituencyEdmonton
In office
June 18, 1959 – June 18, 1959
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byDistrict Abolished
ConstituencyEdmonton North West
Minister of Municipal Affairs
In office
June 29, 1967 – July 16, 1968
PremierErnest Manning
Preceded byAlfred Hooke
Succeeded byHarry Strom
In office
December 12, 1968 – May 27, 1969
PremierHarry Strom
Preceded byHarry Strom
Succeeded byFred Colborne
Attorney General
In office
December 10, 1968 – September 10, 1971
PremierHarry Strom
Preceded byErnest Manning
Succeeded byMerv Leitch
Personal details
BornDecember 18, 1923
Drumheller, Alberta
DiedMay 25, 1992
Political partySocial Credit
Spouse(s)Margaret Tiffin
Occupationlawyer judge and politician

Early lifeEdit

Edgar Henry Gerhart was born on December 18, 1923 in the town of Drumheller, Alberta. His father was Clarence Gerhart, who served in the Alberta legislature from 1940 to 1955. He married his wife Margaret Tiffin on March 4, 1944 in Calgary.[1]

Political careerEdit

Gerhart first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1952 general election. Running under the Social Credit banner, he took the fifth seat in the multi-member electoral district of Edmonton.[2] He was re-elected in the 1955 Alberta general election.[3]

The Edmonton electoral district was broken up into single-member ridings in 1959, and Gerhart ran for re-election in the new district of Edmonton North West. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Ned Feehan and two other candidates with about 40% of the popular vote.[4]

In 1960, Gerhart ran for a seat on Edmonton city council in the municipal election while still an MLA. He finished 12th out of 15 candidates, short of a place on council.[5]

In the 1963 general election, Gerhart faced Ned Feehan again as well as future MLA Grant Notley. He retained his seat by a large margin.[6]

In the 1967 general election, Gerhart defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Paul Norris by less than 500 votes.[7]

Premier Ernest Manning appointed Gerhart Minister of Municipal Affairs on June 29, 1967. He held that portfolio until July 16, 1968 when he resigned to run for the leadership of the Social Credit Party. Gerhart finished fifth out of six in the 1968 leadership election and dropped out of the race after the first ballot. The new premier, Harry Strom, appointed Gerhart Attorney General on December 10, 1968. Two days later he also reassumed the Municipal Affairs portfolio, which he held until May 27, 1969.

In 1971 Edmonton North West abolished, and Gerhart ran for re-election that year in the new electoral district of Edmonton-Calder. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Tom Chambers.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stonehouse and Related Families". John Cardinal. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Edmonton Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  3. ^ "Edmonton Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Edmonton North West Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "Election Results 1945 - 2007". City of Edmonton. p. 36. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Edmonton North West Official Results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Edmonton North West Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  8. ^ "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 23, 2010.

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