Frederick William Gershaw

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The Hon.
Frederick William Gershaw
Member of Parliament
for Medicine Hat
In office
1925–1935
Preceded by Robert Gardiner
Succeeded by Archibald Hugh Mitchell
In office
1940–1945
Preceded by Archibald Hugh Mitchell
Succeeded by William Duncan Wylie
Senator for Medicine Hat, Alberta
In office
1945–1968
Appointed by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Personal details
Born (1883-04-11)11 April 1883
Emerson, Manitoba
Died 26 June 1968(1968-06-26) (aged 85)
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal

Frederick William Gershaw (11 April 1883 – 26 June 1968) was a Canadian physician and politician.

Born in Emerson, Manitoba, he received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1911. He became a medical officer for the Canadian Pacific Railway and moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1912, he married Harriet Robinson, a registered nurse. They had 4 daughters: Margaret, Edith, Norma, and Lorraine.

He first ran unsuccessfully for the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Medicine Hat in the 1921 federal election. A Liberal, he was elected in the 1925 federal election and re-elected in 1926 and 1930. He was defeated in 1935 and was re-elected in 1940. He was summoned to the Canadian Senate in 1945 representing the senatorial division of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He resigned in 1968 shortly before his death.

Senator Gershaw School in Bow Island, Alberta is named in his honour, in addition to Gershaw Drive Southwest in Medicine Hat – an urban limited-access road carrying portions of Highway 41A and Highway 3.

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