Alfred Waldron Smithers

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Sir Alfred Waldron Smithers (4 October 1850 – 22 August 1924) was an English financier and parliamentarian. Smithers father William Henry Smithers was a prominent employee of the Bank of England.[1] Alfred entered the world of finance early when he joined the London Stock Exchange at the age of 23. He was deputy chairman of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway for some years, and head of the Grand Trunk Railway in Canada until it was nationalised in 1921 in circumstances of some controversy. He was Coalition Unionist member of parliament for Chislehurst from 1918 to 1922. His son Waldron Smithers was later elected to this constituency.

Smithers, British Columbia is named in his honour.[2]


  1. ^ Shervill, R. Lynn (1981). "Smithers - From Swamp to Village". ISBN 978-0-9690737-0-3
  2. ^ Smithers at
  • Obituary, The Times, 23 August 1924.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Chislehurst
Succeeded by
Robert Chancellor Nesbitt