Alexander Edwards (politician)

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Alexander Edwards
Member of Parliament
for Waterloo South
In office
October 1925 – June 1938
Preceded by William Elliott
Succeeded by Karl Kenneth Homuth
Personal details
Born Alexander McKay Edwards
(1876-04-07)7 April 1876
Bothwell, Ontario, Canada
Died 3 June 1938(1938-06-03) (aged 62)
Political party Conservative (1867-1942)
Spouse(s) Laura Clare
m. 26 April 1905[1]
Profession manufacturer, pharmacist

Alexander McKay Edwards (7 April 1876 – 3 June 1938) was a Canadian businessman and politician. Edwards was a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Bothwell, Ontario and became a manufacturer and pharmacist.

The son of Charles Edwards and Annie McKay,[2] Edwards attended the Ontario College of Pharmacy. Besides his work as a pharmacist, he also was president of Galt Stove and Furnace.[1] In 1905, he married Laura Clare.[2]

He was an alderman for Galt for eight years, and mayor of the municipality in 1916 and 1917.

Edwards was first elected to Parliament at the Waterloo South riding in the 1925 general election then re-elected in 1926, 1930 and 1935. Edwards died at his residence in Galt on 3 June 1938 from a heart attack before he had completed his term in the 18th Canadian Parliament. He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1935: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Edwards 6,731 40.15 -24.36
Liberal David S. Charlton 6,606 39.41 +3.92
Co-operative Commonwealth Felix Lazarus 2,426 14.47
Reconstruction Harvey Orton Hawke 1,000 5.97
Total valid votes 16,763 100.0
Conservative hold Swing -14.14
Source(s)
"Waterloo South, Ontario (1867-1968)". History of Federal Ridings Since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
Canadian federal election, 1930: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Edwards 8,999 64.51 +5.11
Liberal Charles Widdifield 4,950 35.49 -5.11
Total valid votes 13,949 100.0
Conservative hold Swing +5.11
Source(s)
"Waterloo South, Ontario (1867-1968)". History of Federal Ridings Since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
Canadian federal election, 1926: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Edwards 7,220 59.40 -1.66
Liberal Charles Widdifield 4,935 40.60
Total valid votes 12,155 100.0
Conservative hold Swing
Source(s)
"Waterloo South, Ontario (1867-1968)". History of Federal Ridings Since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
Canadian federal election, 1925: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Edwards 8,089 61.06 +13.91
Progressive William Elliott 5,158 38.94 -13.91
Total valid votes 13,247 100.0
Conservative gain from Progressive Swing +13.91
Source(s)
"Waterloo South, Ontario (1867-1968)". History of Federal Ridings Since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Normandin, A.L. (1936). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  2. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  3. ^ "A. Edwards, 62, Dies / Was M.P. 13 Years". Toronto Star. 4 June 1938. p. 20. 

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