Robert Colin Marshall

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Robert Colin Marshall
20th Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 2, 1919 – January 3, 1921
Preceded byMichael Copps Costello
Succeeded bySamuel Hunter Adams
Personal details
Born(1883-05-19)May 19, 1883
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 20, 1962(1962-02-20) (aged 78)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Robert Colin Marshall (May 19, 1883 – February 20, 1962)[1] was an Alberta politician. He was the 20th mayor of Calgary, Alberta, 1919-1921 and a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (MLA).

Marshall was born in Ingersoll, Ontario in 1883 to parents Peter Marshall and Katherine Allen. He arrived in Calgary in 1906 and started working for the Crown Paving Company Limited. Marshall was associated with this company until its sale in 1961. In 1907, he married Annie Mae Batchelor, who died in 1915. Together they had one child, Margaret Alexandra, born in 1909.

Marshall spent three years on Calgary City Council then went on to be mayor from January 2, 1919 to January 3, 1921. On July 19, 1919 — in his first year in office — he married Daisy Mary MacGregor. Together they had two children, Donald and Joan.

He then moved on to provincial politics, becoming a Liberal MLA just as the Liberals lost power to the United Farmers of Alberta. He ran as a Liberal in the 1921 Alberta general election. He won a provincial seat to sit as MLA for Calgary electoral district. His support dropped significantly in the 1926 Alberta general election and he was not re-elected.

In 1928, Marshall moved to Edmonton and remained there until his retirement. He was involved in the YMCA, Rotary Club and the Alberta Union of Municipalities. He was a freemason and an oddfellow.

He ran for the House of Commons of Canada in Edmonton East as a Liberal candidate in a by-election held on March 21, 1938 but was defeated by Social Credit candidate Orvis A. Kennedy.


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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
William Cushing
Thomas Tweedie
MLA Calgary
Succeeded by
Alexander McGillivray
John Irwin
George Webster
Robert Parkyn
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Copps Costello
Mayor of Calgary
Succeeded by
Samuel Hunter Adams