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William Alexander Fraser (24 April 1886 – 26 October 1962) was a Canadian politician.

William Alexander Fraser
Member of Parliament
for Northumberland
In office
Preceded byMilton Edgar Maybee
Succeeded byWilliam Alexander Fraser
Senator for Trenton, Ontario division
In office
25 June 1949 – 26 October 1962
Personal details
Born(1886-04-24)24 April 1886
Trenton, Ontario
Died26 October 1962(1962-10-26) (aged 76)
Kingston, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Professionbusinessman, fruit grower

Fraser was born in Trenton, Ontario where he served as mayor in the 1920s.[1] He represented the riding of Northumberland in Parliament with the Liberal party from 1930 through 1945. He served as Chief Whip in the Mackenzie King government. He was later appointed to the Senate, where he remained until his death in 1962.

Fraser pursued a variety of business interests including the Trenton Cooperage Mills, a major cold storage business, fruit-growing and processing, regional newspapers, movie theatres, and a bridge-building company that later helped manufacture corvettes for the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He was known as "Nickel Billy", perhaps in reference to his business skills.[1]

He died at a Kingston, Ontario hospital, aged 76.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Canadian Press (27 October 1962). "Sen. Fraser dies at 76". Ottawa Citizen. p. 41.

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