William George Turner

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Sir William George Turner (1872 – 14 June 1937) was a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Born in United States,[1] Turner became a fruiterer on the Shankill Road. He first stood for election to the Belfast Corporation in the Cliftonville ward in 1909. Although he was officially an independent Unionist, he had the backing of the local Conservative Party. However, he was defeated by the footballer William Kennedy Gibson.[2]

Turner was later successful as an Ulster Unionist Party candidate for the council, and served as Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1923 to 1928. His mayoralty made him an ex-officio member of the Senate of Northern Ireland.

He was knighted in 1924, while in 1927 he was appointed to the Privy Council of Northern Ireland.[1]


  1. ^ a b 1911 Census of Ireland http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Antrim/Woodvale/Shankill_Road/179707/
  2. ^ Neal Garnham, Association football and society in pre-partition Ireland, p.157
Civic offices
Preceded by
Samuel Mercier
High Sheriff of Belfast
1920 – 1921
Succeeded by
Joseph Davison
Preceded by
William Coates
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
William Coates