William Gilliland

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William Floyd Gilliland
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
August 8, 1944 – September 5, 1961
Preceded by Eld Martin
Succeeded by Euell Montgomery
Constituency Peace River
Personal details
Born (1890-12-17)December 17, 1890
South Mountain, Ontario[1]
Died September 5, 1961(1961-09-05) (aged 70)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Social Credit
Occupation farmer, politician

William Floyd Gilliland (December 17, 1890 – September 5, 1961) was a farmer and a provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1944 until his death in 1961. During his time in office he sat with the governing Social Credit caucus.

Early life[edit]

Gilliland was a farmer in the Peace River district, he had farmed for 30 years before running for public office.[2]

Political career[edit]

Gilliland ran for a seat to the Albert Legislature for the first time in the 1944 Alberta general election. He was nominated as the Social Credit candidate in a hotly contested three way race on the second count at a convention held in Grimshaw, Alberta on March 2, 1944.[2] He ran against three other candidates in the 1944 Alberta general election. Gilliland would take over 50% of the vote to win on the first count defeating Independent incumbent Eld Martin who finished a distant third place to pick up the seat for Social Credit.[3]

Gilliland ran for a second term in the 1948 Alberta general election. He won his second term with almost a landslide majority defeating two other candidates with over 60% of the popular vote.[4] Of the 11 MLA's that represented Peace River until 1948 He became the first incumbent to hold Peace River for a second term in office.

Gilliland ran for a third term in the 1952 Alberta general election. Despite losing some of his popular vote from the 1948 election he rolled up a very large majority defeating two other candidates.[5] He ran for a fourth term in the 1955 general election. For the second election in a row, he lost popularity. He still won over 50% of the popular vote to hold the district.[6]

Gilliland ran for his final term in the 1959 general election. He reclaimed his vote share from the previous elections defeating two other candidates and taking over 60% of the popular vote.[7]

Gilliland suffered a heart attack at the 1961 Social Credit national convention in Ottawa. He died later that year on September 5, 1961 while hospitalized in Edmonton.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Gilliland nominated Social Credit candidate". Vol. XXX No. 33. Peace River Record-Gazette. March 3, 1944. 
  3. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1944 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1948 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ "W.F. Gilliland Alberta MLA dies". Vol LIV No. 225. The Lethbridge Herald. September 6, 1961. p. 1. 

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