John McPherson (Canadian politician)

John Allen McPherson (December 28, 1855 – December 26, 1944) was a Canadian provincial level politician in Alberta.[1]

John Allen McPherson
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
1905–1913
Succeeded byConrad Weidenhammer
ConstituencyStony Plain
Personal details
Born(1855-12-28)December 28, 1855
Mount Pleasant, Ontario
DiedDecember 26, 1944(1944-12-26) (aged 88)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

John Allen McPherson was born December 28, 1855 at Mount Pleasant, Ontario to Donald and Catharine McPherson of Scottish descent.[2] McPherson moved west in the spring of 1878, spending three years in Kenora working on the Canadian Pacific Railway[2] He traveled to Edmonton in May 1881 via 105 day ox and cart journey and quickly moved to his selected homestead where he began farming and livestock breeding.[2] He married Christina Hodel on April 22, 1894 had six children together.[2]

McPherson was the director of the Edmonton Exhibition Association from 1901, a town councillor in 1905, school board trustee from 1895, postmaster for Spruce Grove and Justice of the Peace.[2]

Political careerEdit

John was first elected as an original member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the electoral district of Stony Plain in the 1905 Alberta general election for the Alberta Liberal Party defeating Dan Bronx of the Conservatives and future Conservative MLA Conrad Weidenhammer who ran as an Independent.[3] He served the Alberta Liberal Party as a back bencher.

John would win a second term to office in Stony Plain in the 1909 Alberta general election in another hotly contested election against 3 other opponents.[4]

In the 1913 Alberta general election he would be defeated and retired from politics after being handily defeated by Conservative Conrad Weidenhammer.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e Chambers, Ernest J., ed. (1912). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Ottawa: Mortimer Company Ltd. p. 526. ISSN 0315-6168. OCLC 266967058. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Stony Plain Official Results 1905 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Stony Plain Official Results 1909 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Stony Plain Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

External linksEdit

Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
New District
MLA Stony Plain
1905-1913
Succeeded by
Conrad Weidenhammer