Gladys Porter

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Gladys Muriel Porter
MLA for Kings North
In office
June 7, 1960 – April 20, 1967
Preceded by Eric Balcom
Succeeded by Victor Thorpe
Personal details
Born August 4, 1893
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Died April 30, 1967(1967-04-30) (aged 73)
Kentville, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Religion United Baptist

"It is satisfying to know that women join in this partnership, working together 'to hold fast to basic principles and values and to exert influence to preserve a democratic way of life.'"

Gladys Porter
Nova Scotia House of Assembly
February 8, 1961[1]

Gladys Muriel Porter, née Richardson, daughter of Walter Richardson and Christina Macpherson, (August 4, 1893, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada – April 30, 1967, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada) was the first woman in the Maritimes to be elected as Mayor, and the first female Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.[2]

Porter was elected to Kentville town council in 1943. She was then elected Mayor of Kentville in 1946 and served until 1960, when she ran successfully as a Progressive Conservative to represent the provincial electoral district of Kings North.[2][3]

Porter was re-elected to the Legislature in 1963[4] and served until her death on April 30, 1967.[5]


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