High River (provincial electoral district)

High River was a provincial electoral district in Alberta mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1905 to 1930.[1]

High River
Alberta electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1905
District abolished1930
First contested1905
Last contested1926

High River historyEdit

The High River electoral district was founded as one of the original 25 electoral districts contested in the 1905 Alberta general election upon Alberta joining Confederation in September 1905. The electoral district was a continuation of the High River electoral district responsible for returning a single member to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1894 to 1905.[2]

Richard Alfred Wallace had previously held the seat for High River in the Northwest Territories Legislature since 1898, was defeated in the 1905 election by Albert Robertson. Robertson, a Conservative won a close race against the Liberal; final results took more than a month to come in, and until they did the candidates traded the unofficial lead.[3]

High River electoral district would be abolished prior to the 1930 Alberta general election and the Okotoks-High River electoral district would be formed.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)Edit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for High River
Assembly Years Member Party
1st  1905–1909     Albert Robertson Conservative
2nd  1909–1913     Louis Melville Roberts Liberal
3rd  1913–1917     George Douglas Stanley Conservative
4th  1917–1921
5th  1921–1926     Samuel Brown United Farmers
6th  1926–1930
See Okotoks-High River electoral district from 1930-1971

Election resultsEdit

1900sEdit

1905 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Albert J. Robertson 578 43.95%
Liberal Richard Alfred Wallace 555 42.21%
Independent Wilford B. Thorne 182 13.84%
Total 1,315
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "High River Official Results 1905 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1909 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Louis Melville Roberts 604 50.33% 8.13%
Conservative George Douglas Stanley 596 49.67% 5.71%
Total 1,200
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing -0.54%
Source(s)
Source: "High River Official Results 1909 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1910sEdit

1913 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Douglas Stanley 616 52.47% 2.80%
Liberal R. L. McMillan 558 47.53% -2.80%
Total 1,174
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout 1,475 79.59%
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing 2.14%
Source(s)
Source: "High River Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1917 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Douglas Stanley 923 51.05% -1.42%
Liberal Daniel Edward Riley 885 48.95% 1.42%
Total 1,808
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing -1.42%
Source(s)
Source: "High River Official Results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1920sEdit

1921 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Samuel Brown 1,014 53.91%
Liberal John V. Drumheller 867 46.09% -2.86%
Total 1,881
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout 2,488 75.60%
United Farmers gain from Conservative Swing 2.86%
Source(s)
Source: "High River Official Results 1921 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1926 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Samuel Brown 1,137 58.34% +4.43%
Conservative William Levi Carlyle 541 27.76%
Liberal M. R. Morrison 271 13.90% -32.19%
Total 1,949
Rejected, spoiled and declined 93
Eligible electors / turnout 2,853 71.57%
United Farmers hold Swing 7.45%
Source(s)
Source: "High River Official Results 1926 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election results for High River". abheritage.ca. Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "North-West Territories: Council and Legislative Assembly, 1876-1905" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  3. ^ Thomas, Lewis Gwynne (1959). The Liberal Party in Alberta. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press. p. 28.

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