Frederick Ernest Osborne

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Frederick Ernest Osborne
Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 3, 1927 – December 31, 1929
Preceded byGeorge Harry Webster
Succeeded byAndrew Davison
Personal details
Born(1878-01-20)January 20, 1878
Belleville, Ontario
DiedOctober 22, 1948(1948-10-22) (aged 70)
Calgary, Alberta
Spouse(s)Florence Curlette

Frederick Ernest Osborne (January 20, 1878 – October 22, 1948) was a Canadian politician and businessman.

Life and career[edit]

Osborne married Florence Curlette, of Belleville, Ontario, in 1901.

In 1905, Osborne came to Calgary and founded Osborne's Book Store, a retail outlet that sold books, stationary, and school supplies. Osborne's Book Store remained in its original location, 112 8 Avenue SW, until it was destroyed by fire in 1966.

Osborne was actively involved in Calgary politics. He was a city alderman twice, and served as the twenty-third mayor of Calgary from 1927 to 1929.

Osborne also held leadership roles at many of Calgary's business, service, and social organizations. He was president and district governor of the Calgary Rotary Club from 1921 to 1922, president of the Calgary Board of Trade in 1925, and a member of the board of governors of the University of Alberta from 1923 to 1942. Osborne was a Mason and a Shriner, and a member of the Ranchman's Club, the Calgary Golf and Country Club, and the Glencoe Club.

Frederick Ernest Osborne died in 1948.


The University of Alberta awarded Osborne an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in 1947.

Osborne was awarded the prestigious Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his leadership role in the War Finance Committee in 1948, a few months before his death.[1][2]

F.E. Osborne Junior High[edit]

In 1961, the Calgary Board of Education honoured Osborne by building a junior-high school in the then new Northwest Calgary community of Varsity. The medium-sized school opened in 1967, and today has been expanded to serve the communities of Hawkwood, Tuscany, Varsity, and Silver Springs.


  1. ^ "Mayors' Gallery" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2006-09-02.
  2. ^ "Mayors' Gallery". Retrieved 2019-06-04.

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Preceded by
George Harry Webster
Mayor of Calgary
Succeeded by
Andrew Davison