Frank William Green

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Frank William Green
M.D., C.M., F.A.C.S.
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MLA for Cranbrook
In office
Preceded by Arnold McGrath
Succeeded by Leo Thomas Nimsick
Personal details
Born (1876-03-15)March 15, 1876
Victoria, British Columbia
Died December 24, 1953(1953-12-24) (aged 77)
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Political party Conservative, coalition
Spouse(s) Lillian Barbara Staples
(m. 8 Jun 1905)
Children William Otis Green
Residence Cranbrook, British Columbia
Occupation physician, surgeon

Frank William Green (March 15, 1876 – December 24, 1953) was a Canadian physician and politician.

Green was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1876 to Alexander Alfred Green and Theophila Turner Raines.[1] He attended Corrig College at Victoria. After the death of his father in 1891, Green relocated to Montreal to attend McGill University where he would obtain his medical degree.[2] Upon his graduation from McGill in 1898, Green worked as a physician on the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway Crowsnest Pass line, in the Kootenay Valley, working on horseback.[2] During the time he operated a hospital and treated many during an epidemic of typhoid.[2]

He later settled at Cranbrook, British Columbia, in the Kootenay Valley in 1899 to establish a medical practice.[2] He was one of the first and only physicians, a medical pioneer at Cranbrook.[3] A partnership with Dr. James Horace King of Cranbrook which started in 1903 was described as a "cornerstone in local medicine", with modern innovations being in use at the time, two examples being the first x-ray machine in the city being purchased for their hospital and the use of automobiles within the practice.[4][5]

In the British Columbia general election, 1941, Green was elected as a Conservative to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for the district of Cranbrook. He was elected again in 1945 as a coalition member, serving until his retirement in 1949.[2][6]

He married Lillian Barbara Staples of Stillwater, Minnesota in June 1905.[7] One of his sons, William Otis Green also became a doctor in the Cranbrook area, with whom he later shared a practice with.[2][8] Frank W. Green died in 1953 of heart problems at St. Eugene Hospital in Cranbrook, which he had established. He was later cremated in Calgary.[9][10] His wife Lillian died on October 22, 1965 at Cranbrook.[11]

The F. W. Green Medical Centre and F. W. Green Memorial Home continuing care centre at Cranbrook are both named after him.

Electoral history[edit]

20th British Columbia election, 1941
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Oscar Albin Eliasin 1,548 33.89% unknown
Conservative Frank William Green 1,615 35.35% unknown
     Liberal Arnold Joseph McGrath 1,405 30.76% unknown
Total valid votes 4,568 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 52
Turnout %
21st British Columbia election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Labour Progressive William Brown 193 4.56% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Henry Gammon 1,965 46.40% unknown
Coalition Frank William Green 2,077 49.04% unknown
Total valid votes 4,235 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 40
Turnout %