Cora Taylor Casselman

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Cora Taylor Casselman
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton East
In office
Preceded byFrederick Clayton Casselman
Succeeded byPatrick Harvey Ashby
Personal details
Born(1888-10-18)October 18, 1888
Tara, Ontario
DiedSeptember 6, 1964(1964-09-06) (aged 75)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada

Cora Taylor Casselman (October 18, 1888 – September 6, 1964) was a Canadian federal politician.

She was elected to represent the electoral district of Edmonton East in the House of Commons of Canada from 1941 to 1945. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, she was the fourth woman ever elected to the House of Commons and the first from the province of Alberta.

Casselman was elected to the House in a byelection on June 2, 1941, succeeding her late husband Frederick Casselman. She served until 1945, when she was defeated in the 1945 federal election by Social Credit candidate Patrick Harvey Ashby. On March 13, 1944, she became the first woman to be speaker in the House of Commons, albeit temporarily.[1] She was part of the Canadian delegation at the founding of the United Nations.[2]

She later stood as an Alberta Liberal Party candidate in Edmonton in the 1955 provincial election in Alberta, but was not elected.


  1. ^ "History is Made When a Woman Acts as House Speaker". Ottawa Citizen. 14 Mar 1944. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ Sanderson, Kay (1999). 200 Remarkable Alberta Women. Calgary: Famous Five Foundation. p. 44.

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