Sidney Parsons

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Sidney Parsons
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23rd Mayor of Edmonton
In office
November 2, 1949 – November 7, 1951
Preceded by Harry Dean Ainlay
Succeeded by William Hawrelak
Alderman on the Edmonton City Council
In office
November 9, 1938 – November 2, 1949
Personal details
Born April 11, 1893
Revelstoke, near Plymouth, Devon, England
Died April 22, 1955 (aged 62)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Citizens Committee, Independent
Other political
affiliations
Labour
Spouse(s) Gertrude Florence Smitt
Children Three sons
Profession Bricklayer

Sidney Parsons (c. 1893 – April 22, 1955) was a Canadian politician, mayor of Edmonton, Alberta, and candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Early life[edit]

Parsons was born in Revelstoke, near to Plymouth, Devon, England in 1893. He was educated in Plymouth, but he and his parents immigrated to New Jersey in the early 1900s. He attended technical schools there, and began work as a bricklayer with the Standard Oil Company in Bayonne, New Jersey.

In 1910, he moved to Edmonton, where he enlisted in the armed forces to fight in World War I. He served with the 49th Battalion, under the command of fellow future mayor William Antrobus Griesbach. Upon his return to Canada, Parsons married Gertrude Florence Smitt on January 8, 1918; the pair would have three sons.

In his post-war life, Parsons was active in the labour movement and served as an executive officer of the Edmonton Trades & Labour Council (he would serve as its president from 1941 until 1945).

Political career[edit]

Parsons first sought elected office in the 1931 Edmonton election, when he ran for Edmonton City Council as an aldermanic candidate. He finished seventh of fifteen candidates, and was not elected. He fared similarly in the 1932 and 1934 elections.

In the 1935 provincial election, Parsons ran as a Labour candidate in the riding of Edmonton; he finished last of twenty-seven candidates, winning only fifty-two votes.

After this defeat, he returned to municipal politics, and was finally elected alderman in the 1938 election, finishing fourth of thirteen candidates. He was re-elected in 1940 (finishing fourth of eighteen candidates), 1942 (third of twelve candidates), 1944 (third of twelve), 1946 (fourth of thirteen), and 1948 (first of twelve) elections.

He resigned half way through his two year aldermanic term to run for mayor in the 1949 election. He narrowly won the five candidate field, and was elected to a two year term. He sought re-election in the 1951 election, but was soundly defeated by William Hawrelak. He did not return to public life thereafter.

Personal life, death, and legacy[edit]

In later life, Parsons was involved in veterans organizations. He was president of the Ex-Servicemen's Association and was an executive member of the Montgomery branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He also served as a labour representative on the Edmonton Hospital Board.

Sidney Parsons died April 22, 1955.

Parsons Road and Parsons Industrial, both in Edmonton, are named in his honour.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Harry Dean Ainlay
Mayor of Edmonton
1949–1951
Succeeded by
William Hawrelak