Oran McPherson

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Oran McPherson
Honourable O.L. McPherson - (ca.1920-ca.1927) (16868391495).jpg
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded byCharles Pingle
Succeeded byGeorge Johnston
Personal details
Born(1886-04-12)April 12, 1886
Kingsman, Kansas
DiedMay 23, 1949(1949-05-23) (aged 63)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political partyUnited Farmers

Oran Leo "Tony" McPherson (April 12, 1886 – May 23, 1949) was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (Canada) for Little Bow from 1921 to 1935 as a member of the United Farmers of Alberta.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Kingsman, Kansas, United States in 1886 and attended the University of Illinois before moving to Alberta in 1906.

Political career[edit]

He served as speaker of the assembly from 1922 to 1926. He also later served as the Minister of Public Works.

In 1932, he had a nasty divorce that made headlines across Alberta newspapers. This was one of the events that hurt the United Farmers and gave them the reputation of being afflicted by moral decay that would help lead the party to its demise in 1935 at the hands of Social Credit.[2]


  1. ^ Perry, Footz 2006 pg. 295, 303
  2. ^ "Series Three Case Descriptions". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-18.


  • Perry, Sandra E.; Footz, Valerie L. (2006). A Higher Duty : Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of the North-West Territories and Alberta, 1888-2005. Edmonton, Alberta: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6.

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
James McNaughton
MLA Little Bow
Succeeded by
Peter Dawson
Preceded by
Charles Pingle
Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
George Johnston