William C. Smith (politician)

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William Cunningham Smith
William Cunningham Smith - (ca. 1921 - 1935) (16680987000).jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
July 18, 1921 – June 28, 1926
Preceded by Charles Pingle
Succeeded by District abolished
Constituency Redcliff
In office
June 28, 1926 – August 22, 1935
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by David Lush
Constituency Empress
Personal details
Born (1875-07-12)July 12, 1875
Glenallen, Ontario
Died May 24, 1968(1968-05-24) (aged 92)
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Political party United Farmers
Spouse(s) Susan Evelyn Rutherford
m 20 Jan 1907[1]
Occupation politician

William Cunningham Smith (July 12, 1875 – May 24, 1968) was a provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1921 to 1935 sitting with the United Farmers caucus in government.

Political career[edit]

Smith ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1921 Alberta general election. He stood as a United Farmers candidate in the electoral district of Redcliff. The race was hotly contested as Smith faced Speaker of the Assembly Charles Pingle. He won the contest by a solid majority to pick up the seat for his party.[2]

The 1926 boundary redistribution saw Redcliff abolished. Smith ran for re-election in the new seat of Empress. Smith faced two other candidates in the election held that year. Despite winning a smaller popular vote than he did in 1921, he won the district easily.[3]

Smith ran for a third term in the 1930 Alberta general election. He won a tight two-way race over Independent candidate E. A. Mantz to hold his seat.[4]

Smith ran for a fourth term in the 1935 Alberta general election but was defeated by Social Credit candidate David Lush. He finished a distant second in the three-way race.[5]

Smith died at Medicine Hat in May 1968 at the age of 92.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Person Details for William C Smith, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927" — FamilySearch.org". familysearch.org. 
  2. ^ "Redcliff Official Results 1921 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Empress Official Results 1926 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Empress Official Results 1930 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Empress Official Results 1935 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Obituaries". The Medicine Hat News. 25 May 1968. p. 14. 

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