William Ernest Payne

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William Ernest Payne
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
November 16, 1931 – August 22, 1935
Preceded by George Smith
Succeeded by Alfred Hooke
Constituency Red Deer
Personal details
Born October 1, 1878
Colborne, Ontario
Died April 21, 1943(1943-04-21) (aged 64)
Political party Conservative
Occupation lawyer and politician

William Ernest Payne (October 1, 1878 – April 21, 1943)[1] was a lawyer and provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1931 to 1935 sitting with the Conservative caucus in opposition.

Early life[edit]

Payne moved to Red Deer, Alberta in 1902 and joined the law firm started by George Welling Greene. He worked as a lawyer in Red Deer for many years until he attempted to win a seat in the Alberta Legislature.[2]

Political career[edit]

Payne ran as a candidate for the Conservatives in the 1926 Alberta general election in the Red Deer electoral district. He faced a hotly contested three way race against incumbent George Smith and former MLA John Gaetz. Payne was eliminated losing to Smith on the second vote count.[3]

Payne ran for a second time in the 1930 Alberta general election. He would face Smith for the second time in a two way race. Payne came very close to winning, when the polls showed he was short by 88 votes.[4]

Smited died in 1931 forcing a by-election that was held on November 16, 1931. Payne ran for office for his third time and won the hotly contested race defeating United Farmers candidate R.L. Gaetz by a couple hundred votes to pick up the district.[5]

Payne ran for a second term in office in the 1935 Alberta general election but was defeated by Social Credit candidate Alfred Hooke who ended up winning in a landslide. Payne finished a distant fourth out of five candidates.[6]

Family[edit]

Payne was the great grandson of Daniel Massey and father of William Hector Payne

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jonathan Swainger. "Red Deer and the Law, 1900-20". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Red Deer Official Results 1926 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Red Deer Official Results 1930 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "By-elections 1905-1973". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Red Deer results 1935". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 

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