J. Fred Edwards

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J. Fred Edwards
Ontario MPP
In office
1945–1967
Preceded byWilliam Angus Dickson
Succeeded byHugh Edighoffer
ConstituencyPerth
Personal details
Born(1902-04-08)April 8, 1902
Palmerston, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 9, 1978(1978-02-09) (aged 75)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Thora McCartney
OccupationBusinessman

James Frederick (J. Fred) Edwards (April 8, 1902 – February 9, 1978) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member who represented Perth in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1945 to 1967.

Background[edit]

Edwards was born in Palmerston, Ontario in 1902.[1] He operated the J. Fred Edwards Rexall Drug Store in Palmerston from at least 1938. Edwards was married to Thora McCartney (1897–1977) and they are buried at Palmerston Cemetery in Palmerston, Ontario.[2]

Politics[edit]

Edwards was elected in the general election in 1945,[3] Edwards was re-elected in the general elections in 1948, 1951, 1955, 1959, and 1963.[4][5][6][7][8] He served as a backbench supporter in the governments of George Drew, Thomas Laird Kennedy, Leslie Frost and John Robarts. Despite his lengthy time in office, Edwards did not serve in Cabinet, rather he served on a wide variety of Standing Committees of the Legislative Assembly, sitting on as many as ten committees, simultaneously. In the 1967 general election, Edwards lost by 187 votes to the Liberal candidate, Hugh Edighoffer.[9] He retired from public life after the election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierre Normandin. Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1965. p. 663.
  2. ^ "Deaths". The Globe and Mail. February 11, 1978. p. 70.
  3. ^ Canadian Press (June 5, 1945). "How Ontario Electors Voted in all 90 Ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. 5. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  4. ^ Canadian Press (June 6, 1948). "How Ontario Electors Voted in all 90 Ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. 24.
  5. ^ Canadian Press (November 22, 1951). "Complete Ontario Vote". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal. p. 4. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  6. ^ Canadian Press (June 10, 1955). "Complete Results of Ontario Voting by Constituencies". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 4. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  7. ^ Canadian Press (June 12, 1959). "Complete Results of Ontario Voting by Constituencies". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 26. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  8. ^ Canadian Press (September 26, 1963). "78 in Tory Blue Wave -- 23 Is All Grits Saved". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 25. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  9. ^ Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but..." The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2. Retrieved 2014-03-30.

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