George Lane (politician)

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George Lane (6 March 1856 – 24 September 1925) was an American-born Canadian politician and rancher and known as one of the Big Four who helped found the Calgary Stampede in 1912.

George was foreman at the Bar U Ranch and eventually returned in the early 1900s to purchase it for $250,000.[1] In 1885 he married Elizabeth Sexsmith and they raised 8 children together.[2]

In the 1913 Alberta general election George was elected as the first member for the Bow Valley riding for the Alberta Liberal Party. He was somewhat of a star candidate for the Liberal Party, and helped keep a critical southern Alberta seat from going Conservative. He defeated Conservative Incumbent Harold Riley who had changed from the Gleichen district. George would spend very little time as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, he would resign a short time later so that defeated Cabinet Minister Charles R. Mitchell could re-gain a seat in the legislature.

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 1913: Bow Valley
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal George Lane 396
Conservative H.W.H. Riley 245
Source: "Election results for Medicine Hat, 1913". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 


  1. ^ Morrison, Elsie (1950). Calgary, 1875-1950 : A souvenir of Calgary's seventy-fifth anniversary. Calgary: Calgary Publishing Co. p. 135. 
  2. ^ Ward, Tom (1975). Cowtown : an album of early Calgary. Calgary: City of Calgary Electric System, McClelland and Stewart West. p. 160. ISBN 0-7712-1012-4. 

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
New District
MLA Bow Valley
Succeeded by
Charles R. Mitchell