|Member of the Canadian House of Commons for Edmonton East|
September 14, 1926 – July 28, 1930
|Preceded by||Ambrose Bury|
|Succeeded by||Ambrose Bury|
|17th Mayor of Edmonton|
December 10, 1923 – December 13, 1926
|Preceded by||David Duggan|
|Succeeded by||Ambrose Bury|
|Alderman on the Edmonton City Council|
December 12, 1921 – December 10, 1923
|Born||March 5, 1882
|Died||April 20, 1933
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada, Citizens League|
|Spouse(s)||Grace Lauder Walker|
|Children||Two sons (including Howard Peter Blatchford) and one daughter|
He moved to Edmonton with his parents by ox-cart during the 1890s, and began selling newspapers. During the Klondike Gold Rush, he took over operation of the grist mill operated by Daniel Fraser, and later worked in the Edmonton Power Plant. He married Grace Lauder Walker on 19 December 1904, with whom he would have two sons and a daughter.
Kenny Blatchford was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Blatchford first sought public office in the 1921 municipal election, when he was elected to Edmonton City Council for a one year term as an alderman, finishing fifth out of seventeen candidates. While the top five candidates were to have been elected to two year terms, with the sixth and seventh place finishers winning one year terms, Bickerton Pratt, who finished seventh, won a two year term by virtue of being from the south side of the North Saskatchewan River; resultingly, Blatchford won only a one year term.
He was re-elected, this time to a two year term, in the 1922 election, in which he finished third of sixteen candidates. He resigned midway through his term to run for mayor in the 1923 election, in which he handily defeated James Ramsey. He was re-elected with relative ease in the 1924 and 1925 elections, and did not seek re-election thereafter.
As mayor, Blatchford convinced the city to purchase a farm to establish an "air harbour", which would later become the Edmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport.
After his federal political career faltered, Blatchford attempted a return to municipal office by running for mayor in the 1932 election. However, he finished a distant third of three candidates, behind incumbent Daniel Kennedy Knott and perennial candidate (and former and future mayor) Joseph Clarke.
While still mayor, Blatchford ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1926 election as a Liberal in Edmonton East. He defeated incumbent Conservative Member of Parliament Ambrose Bury by fewer than two hundred votes.
He served until 1930, when he was defeated by Bury (who had gone on to succeed Blatchford as mayor of Edmonton) in that year's election.
Death and legacy
Five months after his defeat in the 1932 mayoral election, Blatchford suffered a nervous breakdown and disappeared. His body was found in the North Saskatchewan River on April 22, 1933 after he had been missing for two days. His death was ruled a suicide.
Blatchford Field, location of the Edmonton City Centre Airport or ECCA, is named after Kenny Blatchford.
- Edmonton municipal election, 1921
- Edmonton municipal election, 1922
- Edmonton municipal election, 1923
- Edmonton municipal election, 1924
- Edmonton municipal election, 1925
- Edmonton municipal election, 1932
- 16th Canadian Parliament
- Edmonton Public Library Biography of Kenny Blatchford
- City of Edmonton biography of Kenny Blatchford
David Milwyn Duggan
|Mayor of Edmonton
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament Edmonton East