Andrew Davison

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Andrew Davison
Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 1, 1930 – December 31, 1945
Preceded by Frederick Ernest Osborne
Succeeded by James Cameron Watson
Personal details
Born (1886-12-18)December 18, 1886
Moneymore, County Londonderry, Ireland
Died April 6, 1963(1963-04-06) (aged 76)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation printer

Andrew Davison (December 18, 1886 – April 6, 1963)[1] was a Canadian politician.

Early life[edit]

Davison was born in 1886 in Moneymore, County Londonderry, Ireland. He arrived in Alberta in 1895 and received his education in both Edmonton and Calgary.

Prior to entering politics, Davison worked as a printer, a linotype operator and publisher and was associated with the Calgary Herald, the Calgary Albertan and the News Telegram. During the World War, 1914–1918, he served overseas as a Pay Sergeant with the Canadian Army Pay Corps.

Political career[edit]

In 1921, Davison was elected to Calgary City Council as a Labor Alderman. After serving seven consecutive terms in that capacity he was elected the 24th Mayor of Calgary. He was re-elected Mayor five times and served a total of sixteen years as the City's Chief Magistrate, a record unequaled before or since. During his term, the ambitious and controversial Glenmore Dam waterworks system was completed.

Davison ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1935 Canadian federal election as the Conservative candidate in the Bow River district. He was defeated by Social Credit candidate Charles Edward Johnston.

Davison ran for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1940 Alberta general election in the Calgary district as an Independent and was re-elected in 1944 Alberta general election. He continued to serve as both mayor and a member in the Legislature. He did not run again in 1948.[2]

In 1945, due to ill health, Davison resigned his position as Mayor of Calgary but kept his seat in the Legislature until his term was over. He retired to Vancouver.

Andrew Davison died in 1963.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta member listing". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  3. ^ "City of Calgary Mayoral Gallery". City of Calgary Municipal Government. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Ernest Osborne
Mayor of Calgary
1930-1945
Succeeded by
James Cameron Watson
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
Ernest Manning
John Irwin
Edith Gostick
John Hugill
MLA Calgary
1940-1948
Succeeded by
Frederick Colborne
Hugh John MacDonald
James Mahaffy