Alexander Lucas

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Alexander Lucas
Alexander Lucas.jpg
7th Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 18, 1892 – January 2, 1894
Preceded byJames Reilly
Succeeded byWesley Fletcher Orr
Personal details
Born(1852-09-02)September 2, 1852
Brook Township, Ontario, Canada
DiedJune 8, 1942(1942-06-08) (aged 89)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Alexander Lucas (September 2, 1852 – June 8, 1942)[1] was a Canadian businessman and politician. He was the seventh mayor of the town of Calgary, Alberta and spent six years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in British Columbia.

Lucas was born in Ontario in 1852, and was the third child of George Lucas and Elizabeth Cowan. On January 10, 1878, he married Jane Frances "Jennie" Tanner. Together, they had two children, Fredrick and Edward. Both of their sons became prominent lawyers in BC; Fred was appointed to the Supreme Court Bench of BC in 1935.

In 1886, Lucas moved to Calgary. Here he became a partner in a land, insurance and auctioning company, and was the publisher of the Calgary Herald. In 1891, he spent one one-year term as a town councilor. This was followed by two one-year terms as the mayor of Calgary. As Calgary's seventh mayor, he helped found the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has a room named in his honour.

Lucas ran for a seat in the 1894 Northwest Territories general election in the West Calgary electoral district. He was defeated finishing second in the three way race behind Oswald Critchley. Later that year he ran and was elected as an alderman is what had now become the City of Calgary.

Lucas went to the Kootenay district of British Columbia in 1897. He later moved to the Vancouver. Elected in the 1909 British Columbia general election, he served two terms as an MLA in Premier Richard McBride's Conservative government.

Lucas died in Vancouver on June 8, 1942, and is interred in Mountain View Cemetery.

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  1. ^ [1] Archived 2010-11-29 at the Wayback Machine