William George Turner
Born in United States, 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.
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.
- 1911 Census of Ireland http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Antrim/Woodvale/Shankill_Road/179707/
- Neal Garnham, Association football and society in pre-partition Ireland, p.157
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