Frank Pierpoint Appleby

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Frank Pierpoint Appleby
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded by Antonio Aloisio
Succeeded by District abolished
Constituency Athabasca
Personal details
Born (1913-12-23)December 23, 1913
Stocks, Alberta
Died May 18, 2015(2015-05-18) (aged 101)
Athabasca, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Dorothy Audrey Minns
m. 24 Jun 1959[1]
Children Brian William Appleby
Alma mater University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, Mount Allison University, University of Alberta, Oxford University[1]
Occupation politician
Military service
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Rank Sergeant

Frank Pierpoint Appleby (December 23, 1913 – May 18, 2015) was a provincial level politician and Royal Air Force officer from Alberta, Canada.[1] He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1986 sitting with the governing Progressive Conservative caucus.

Early life[edit]

Appleby was born in Stocks, Alberta to Ernest William Appleby (died c. 1915) and Fanny May Tench in 1913.[2][3] He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He attained the rank of Sergeant and ran in the 1944 Alberta general election service men vote. In that election he finished fifth out of a field of seven candidates taking just over 12% of the popular vote.[4]

Political career[edit]

Appleby would return to politics by running as a Progressive Conservative candidate 27 years later in the 1971 Alberta general election. He ran in the Athabasca electoral district defeating two other candidate and taking 46% of the popular vote.[5] He ran for a second term in office in the 1975 Alberta general election taking the district with almost 60% of the popular vote, this would be his biggest percentage of victory during his career.[6] He ran for a third term in office in the 1979 Alberta general election. His popular vote would increased for a third straight time, but his percentage of popular vote would slightly decline as he still won the district easily.[7] Appleby would run for a fourth and final term in the 1982 Alberta general election. He would win the highest popular vote of his political career, but fell short of the percentage of vote he won in 1979.[8]

The Frank Appleby Professional Award is named in his honour and given out by the College of Alberta Professional Foresters who have made exemplary and significant contributions to the College.[9] He received an honorary degree from Athabasca University in 2005.[10] In December 2013 Appleby turned 100.[11] He died on May 18, 2015 at the age of 101.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Guide parlementaire canadien - Pierre G. Normandin, A. Léopold Normandin - Google Books. 1991-11-01. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  2. ^ Though the Canadian Parliamentary Guide gives a year of birth as 1922, the 1921 Canadian Census gives 1913.
  3. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.
  4. ^ "2 Calgarians Elected in Servicemen's Vote". The Albertan. February 6, 1945. p. 12. 
  5. ^ "Athabasca election results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Athabasca election results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Athabasca election results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Athabasca election results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ "CAPF - Frank Appleby Professional Award". College of Alberta Professional Foresters. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ "About Convocation : Athabasca University". Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  11. ^ McKillop, Hamish (2013-12-23). "Former MLA Appleby celebrates 100th birthday". The Athabasca Advocate. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
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