Herbert Baker (politician)
|Alderman on the Edmonton City Council|
December 13, 1926 – December 10, 1928
December 9, 1929 – November 8, 1933
December 18, 1866|
Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
|Died||December 21, 1941(aged 75)|
|Political party||Civic Government Association|
|Spouse(s)||Grace T. Willis|
|Children||Two sons, one daughter|
Herbert Baker was born at Hull, Yorkshire, England. In 1882, after being educated as public school, he emigrated to Canada, where he joined the Massey Manufacturing Co. in Toronto. There, he married Grace T. Willis on June 3, 1889; the couple would have two sons and a daughter. He was promoted to manage the company's office in Winnipeg in 1904, and was promoted again in 1910 to manage all of the company's activities in northern Alberta. During this time, he was based in Edmonton, where he retired in 1926.
Baker first sought election in the 1926 municipal election, when he ran for alderman on Edmonton City Council as a member of the pro-business Civic Government Association slate. He finished fourth of twelve candidates - first among the C.G.A.'s six candidates - and was elected to a two-year term. He sought re-election at the conclusion of this term, in the 1928 election, but finished eighth of fourteen candidates and was defeated.
He returned to office the following year, winning another two-year term after finishing third of fifteen candidates in the 1929 election. This time, he was successful in his re-election bid, as he finished fourth of fifteen candidates in the 1931 election. He did not seek re-election at the conclusion of this two-year term.