Ambrose Bury

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Ambrose Bury
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Member of the House of Commons of Canada for Edmonton East
In office
October 29, 1925 – September 14, 1926
Preceded byDonald Ferdinand Kellner
Succeeded byKenny Blatchford
In office
July 28, 1930 – October 13, 1935
Preceded byKenny Blatchford
Succeeded byWilliam Samuel Hall
18th Mayor of Edmonton
In office
December 13, 1926 – December 9, 1929
Preceded byKenny Blatchford
Succeeded byJames McCrie Douglas
Alderman on the Edmonton City Council
In office
December 12, 1921 – October 29, 1925
Succeeded byJames McCrie Douglas
Personal details
Ambrose Upton Gledstanes Bury

August 1, 1869
County Kildare, Ireland
DiedMarch 29, 1951 (aged 81)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political partyConservative Party of Canada, Citizens League, Independent
Other political
Conservative Party of Alberta
SpouseAmy Beatrice Owen
ChildrenOne son
Alma materTrinity College Dublin

Ambrose Upton Gledstanes Bury, KC (August 1, 1869 – March 29, 1951) was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a mayor of Edmonton, and a member of the House of Commons of Canada.

Early life[edit]

Ambrose Bury was born in Downings House, County Kildare, Ireland on August 1, 1869. The son of Charles Michael Bury and Margaret (Aylmer) Bury, among his siblings, were Charles Arthur Bury, Rev. Reginald Victor Bury, Rev. Fenton Ernest Bury, and Dr. Frederick William Bury.

He was educated at the Liverpool Institute, the Royal School in Raphoe, Dublin High School, Trinity College Dublin, and the King's Inns in Dublin, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1890 and a Master of Arts in 1893. He taught theology and was the first principal of the Irish Baptist College in 1892.

He married Margaret Amy Beatrice Owen, from England, on June 16, 1897, with whom he had one son, William Bury.

He was called to the Irish Bar in 1906, and practiced law in Ireland before emigrating to Edmonton in 1912. The following year, he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta. He practiced law as a partner of Ewing, Harvie & Bury (later Harvie, Bury & Yanda), and was chancellor of the Anglican diocese at Athabasca from 1919.

Political career[edit]

Bury's first attempt at public office was running for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1921 provincial election as a Conservative in Edmonton. He was defeated, finishing fourteenth of twenty-six candidates.

Later that year, in the 1921 municipal election, Bury was elected to the Edmonton City Council for a two-year term as alderman, finishing fourth of nineteen candidates in a race in which the top seven candidates were elected. He was re-elected to another two-year term in the 1923 election.

Towards the end of his second term on council, Bury was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Conservative in the riding of Edmonton East in the 1925 election. However, Parliament was dissolved amid the King-Byng Affair the following year, and Bury was narrowly defeated in the ensuing election by Liberal (and incumbent mayor of Edmonton) Kenny Blatchford.

Blatchford had taken his job, and Bury set out to take Blatchford's, running for mayor in the 1926 election. He defeated Daniel Kennedy Knott (who went on to become mayor himself after Bury left municipal politics), and was re-elected in 1927 and 1928. He did not seek re-election in 1929, anticipating a rematch against Blatchford in the next federal election.

Bury defeated Blatchford by a substantial margin in the 1930 election as R. B. Bennett's Conservative government swept to power. Following Bury's election as a Member of Parliament in 1930, the K.K.K. in Edmonton celebrated his election with a cross burning.[1] The Edmonton Journal has written more specifically that the K.K.K. "erected a flaming cross on the hill above Riverdale flats to celebrate the victory of Edmonton East candidate Ambrose Bury."[2]

Bury opted not to seek re-election in the 1935 election. He was appointed as a district court judge that year, and served in that capacity until he reached the retirement age of 75 in 1944.

Later life and death[edit]

In 1946, Bury's wife died, and Bury moved to England to live with his brother. He died in Ottawa March 29, 1951. His funeral was held in Edmonton, and he was buried in the Edmonton Cemetery.

Bury had been an active Freemason.


  1. ^ Sher, Julian (12 September 1992). "A Power On The Prairies". Winnipeg Sun. p. 7.
  2. ^ Goyette, Linda (6 February 1982). "KKK Left Blot On Alberta History". Edmonton Journal. pp. B2.

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Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Edmonton
Succeeded by
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by Member of Parliament Edmonton East
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament Edmonton East
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