William George Weichel

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William George "Billy" Weichel (July 20, 1870 – May 2, 1949) was an Ontario merchant and political figure. He represented Waterloo North in the Canadian House of Commons from 1911 to 1917 as a Conservative member and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1923 to 1929.[1]

He was born in Elmira, Ontario,[1] the son of Michael Weicher, who came to Canada from Germany,[2] and Margaret Schmidt.[3] Weichel was educated in Elmira and Berlin (later Kitchener).[2] He worked eight years as a clerk in his father's hardware store before becoming a salesman for a saw manufacturer in Galt. In 1896, Weichel opened a hardware store with other members of his family in Waterloo, later becoming sole owner. Weichel was also director for several insurance companies.[4] In 1898, he married Jessie Rose Kinsman.[2] He defeated William Lyon Mackenzie King to win a seat in the federal parliament in 1911. Weichel was defeated in a bid for reelection to the federal seat as a Unionist candidate in 1917. Weichel served as mayor of Waterloo from 1922 to 1923. He was unsuccessful in the provincial elections of 1929 and 1934.[1] He died in Kitchener at the age of 78.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c William George Weichel – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1925, EJ Chambers
  3. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  4. ^ William G Weicher, Early mayors of Waterloo, City of Waterloo

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