William Charles Sutherland

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William Charles Sutherland
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
December 10, 1908 – June 15, 1912
Preceded by Thomas MacNutt
Succeeded by John Albert Sheppard
Personal details
Born (1865-06-07)June 7, 1865
Died March 2, 1940(1940-03-02) (aged 74)
Political party Liberal
Profession Rancher, Farmer, Lawyer
Cabinet Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Portfolio Member of the Legislative Assembly

William Charles Sutherland (June 7, 1865 – March 2, 1940) was the second Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (1908–1912), i.e., the presiding officer of the legislature.[1] Sutherland was a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly who was first elected in the first general election on December 13, 1905, to the first legislature of the newly formed Province of Saskatchewan.

Sutherland represented the electoral district of Saskatoon, and served with Premier Walter Scott. He was re-elected in the 1908 and 1912 elections to represent Saskatoon County. On May 23, 1906, Sutherland introduced a resolution to move the capital of the province from Regina to Saskatoon, but the motion was defeated by a vote of 21 - 02 in the legislature.[2] He died on March 2, 1940.[3][4]

Saskatoon Club[edit]

Sutherland, Fred Engen, F. S. Cahill, H.L. Jordan and James Straton were the first members of the Executive Committee for the Saskatoon Club. The Saskatoon Club was established as a club for social purposes to serve business, professional and community leaders as a supplement the role of the Board of Trade in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.[5][6]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • The town of Sutherland was named in honour of Sutherland. He was an area rancher who later farmed, and practised law in the Saskatoon area. Jno Henry, Charles Willoughby, Wm Richardson, Wm Chas Sutherland, Frederick Engen, and Albert Herman Hanson owned the land at Section 29 Township 36 Ramge 5 West of the Third Meridian.[7]

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