William Gilliland

William Floyd Gilliland (December 17, 1890 – September 5, 1961) was a politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1944 until his death in 1961, as a member of the governing Social Credit caucus.

William Floyd Gilliland
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
August 8, 1944 – September 5, 1961
Preceded byEld Martin
Succeeded byEuell Montgomery
ConstituencyPeace River
Personal details
Born(1890-12-17)December 17, 1890
South Mountain, Ontario, Canada[1]
DiedSeptember 5, 1961(1961-09-05) (aged 70)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partySocial Credit
Occupationfarmer, politician

Early lifeEdit

Gilliland was a farmer in the Peace River district for thirty years before running for public office.[2]

Political careerEdit

Gilliland first ran for a seat in the Albert Legislature in the 1944 general election. He was nominated as the Social Credit candidate in Peace River on the second count at a convention held in Grimshaw, Alberta on March 2, 1944.[2] Gilliland took over 50% of the vote to defeat incumbent independent Eld Martin and two other candidates.[3]

In the 1948 general election Gilliland defeated two other candidates with over 60% of the popular vote.[4] Of the eleven MLAs who represented Peace River until 1948 he was the only one to win a second term in office.

In the 1952 general election Gilliland rolled up a very large majority over two other candidates.[5] In the 1955 general election he won over 50% of the popular vote to hold his district.[6]

In the 1959 general election Gilliland defeated two other candidates with over 60% of the popular vote.[7]

Gilliland suffered a heart attack at the 1961 Social Credit national convention in Ottawa. He died later that year while hospitalized in Edmonton.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Gilliland nominated Social Credit candidate". Vol. XXX No. 33. Peace River Record-Gazette. March 3, 1944.
  3. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1944 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1948 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  7. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "W.F. Gilliland Alberta MLA dies". Vol LIV No. 225. The Lethbridge Herald. September 6, 1961. p. 1.

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