Andrew Davison

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Andrew Davison
24th Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 1, 1930 – December 31, 1945
Preceded byFrederick Ernest Osborne
Succeeded byJames Cameron Watson
Alderman for The City of Calgary
In office
January 1929 – December 31, 1929
In office
January 3, 1922 – December 31, 1926
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 21, 1940 – August 17, 1948
Personal details
Born(1886-12-18)December 18, 1886
Moneymore, County Londonderry, Ireland
DiedApril 6, 1963(1963-04-06) (aged 76)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Andrew Davison (December 18, 1886 – April 6, 1963)[1] was a Canadian politician.

Early life[edit]

Davison was born in 1886 in Moneymore, County Londonderry, Ireland. He arrived in Alberta in 1895 and received his education in both Edmonton and Calgary.

Prior to entering politics, Davison worked as a printer, a linotype operator and publisher and was associated with the Calgary Herald, the Calgary Albertan and the News Telegram. During the World War, 1914–1918, he served overseas as a Pay Sergeant with the Canadian Army Pay Corps. He served as Pay Master of the Second Battalion, Calgary Highlanders, with the rank of captain, during World War II.

Political career[edit]

In 1921, Mr. Davison was elected to Calgary City Council as a Labour Alderman. After serving four terms as Alderman from 1922 to 1926, he was acclaimed as the 24th Mayor of Calgary on November 12, 1929.[2] He was re-elected Mayor another seven times, serving a total of sixteen years as the City's Chief Magistrate, a record unequalled before or since. During his term, the ambitious and controversial Glenmore Dam waterworks system was completed.

Davison ran for the House of Commons of Canada in the 1935 Canadian federal election as the Conservative candidate in the Bow River district. He was defeated by Social Credit candidate Charles Edward Johnston.

Davison ran for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1940 Alberta general election in the Calgary district as the leader of the Independent Movement, which sought to unite the opposition to Social Credit. He was re-elected in 1944 Alberta general election. He continued to serve as both mayor and a member in the Legislature. He did not run again in 1948.[3] [4]

In 1945, due to ill health, Davison resigned his position as Mayor of Calgary but kept his seat in the Legislature until his term was over. He retired to Vancouver.

Andrew Davison died in 1963.[5]

Election results[edit]

1944 Alberta provincial general election[edit]

1944 Ballot Transfer Results: Calgary Turnout 80.39%
Affiliation Candidate 6,562 vote threshold
% Votes Count
  Independent Andrew Davison 7,754
7,754 1st
  Social Credit Fred Anderson 6,655
6,655 1st
  Social Credit Rose Wilkinson 5,042
8,338 15th
  Independent Howard MacDonald 2,365
6,897 17th
     CCF Alymer Liesemer 3,560
6,077 17th
     CCF Robert Alderman 2,088
Eliminated 17th
  Independent John J. Bowlen 2,192
Eliminated 16th
  Social Credit Art Larsen 1,351
Eliminated 15th
     CCF C.W.J. Helmer 1,655
Eliminated 14th
  Independent R.C. Carlile 1,433
Eliminated 13th
     CCF Ken Tory 1,462
Eliminated 12th
  Social Credit Edward Geehan 1,162
Eliminated 11th
Labor–Progressive Pat Lenihan 491
Eliminated 10th
  Social Credit C.M. Baker 834
Eliminated 9th
     CCF Herbert Wiertz 504
Eliminated 8th
Labor–Progressive Lionel Edwards 304
Eliminated 7th
Labor–Progressive Mike Daniels 258
Eliminated 6th
Labor–Progressive Gordon Wray 128
Eliminated 5th
Labor–Progressive Audrey Staples 71
Eliminated 4th
Total 39,309
100% 17 Counts


  • In the 1944 Election, Canadian Forces personnel were given special ballots intended to track how they voted. Service vote results are only available for the 1st Count.

1940 Alberta provincial general election[edit]

1940 Ballot Transfer Results: Calgary Turnout 78.69%
Affiliation Candidate 7,653 vote threshold
1st % Votes Count
  Independent Andrew Davison 12,465 27.15% elected 1st
  Social Credit William Aberhart 12,122 26.40% elected 1st
  Independent James Mahaffy 3,645 7.94% elected
  Independent John J. Bowlen 3,447 7.51% elected
  Social Credit Fred Anderson 1,939 4.22% elected
  Independent Joseph Shaw 2,685 5.85%
  Social Credit Edith Gostick 1,605 3.50%
     CCF Fred J. White 2,846 6.20%
  Independent Norman Dingle 1,480 3.22%
  Social Credit H.D. Tarves 1,386 3.02%
     CCF Robert Alderman 1,298 2.83%
  Independent Harry Pryde 576 1.26%
  Independent Labor Douglas Mitchell 251 0.55%
  Independent J.F.M. Moodie 169 0.35%
Total 45,914 100% 10 Counts

1935 Canadian general election[edit]

1935 Canadian federal election: Bow River
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,529
Conservative Andrew Davison 3,091
Co-operative Commonwealth Edward Joseph Garland 2,315
Liberal Charles Ross Walrod 1,242


The Andrew Davison Building, a 13 floor building located at 133 6 Avenue SE and the former home of the Calgary Police Service headquarters is named in his honour.[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "THE MAYORS AND COUNCILS OF THE CORPORATION OF CALGARY". Archived from the original on March 3, 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta member listing" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
  4. ^ "Past Mayors and Aldermen". City of Calgary. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  5. ^ "Mayors' Gallery" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2006-09-02.
  6. ^ "Andrew Davison Building". Calgary Herald. July 22, 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Ernest Osborne
Mayor of Calgary
Succeeded by
James Cameron Watson
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
Ernest Manning
John Irwin
Edith Gostick
John Hugill
MLA Calgary
Succeeded by
Frederick Colborne
Hugh John MacDonald
James Mahaffy