Samuel Cunningham (Canadian politician)

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Samuel Cunningham
MLA for St. Albert
In office
Succeeded by Antonio Prince
Personal details
Born (1848-04-08)April 8, 1848
Lac Ste. Anne, District of Saskatchewan
Died January 14, 1919(1919-01-14) (aged 70)
Grouard, Alberta
Spouse(s) Suzanne Grey

Samuel Cunningham (April 8, 1848 – January 14, 1919) was a politician from Northwest Territories, Canada.[1]

Cunningham was the son of John Cunningham, and Rosalie L' Hirondelle. His grandfather Patrick Cunningham was from Soligo Ireland who came to work for the Hudson's Bay Company, and his grandmother was Nancy Anne Bruce from Luisianna (daughter of Benjamin Bruce from the Orkney Islands of Scotland and Matilda who was Mohawk) [2] Sam Cunningham was born at Lac Ste. Anne, Saskatchewan District (now Alberta). He was married to Susan Gray.[2] He was a pioneer in the St. Albert area, having been the opener of St. Albert Trail and participating in the Riel Rebellion of 1885 as a member of the St. Albert Mounted Riflemen.[3][4]

He was elected to the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of St. Albert by acclimation in the 1885 Northwest Territories election. His district was merged into the Edmonton electoral district for the first general election held on June 30, 1888. In that election he was defeated finishing third out of four candidates behind Frank Oliver and Herbert Charles Wilson.[5]

He died in 1919 in Grouard, Alberta.[6]


  1. ^ "Descendants of Patrick Cunningham". Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Canadian Parliamentary Companion - Google Books". 2002-03-01. Retrieved 2013-02-25 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Major Roadways: Cunningham Road" (PDF). Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "North-West Territories: Council and Legislative Assembly, 1876-1905" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Samuel Cunningham (b. 1848)". Scribd. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
New District
MLA St. Albert
Succeeded by
Antonio Prince