William McCraney

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William McCraney
William McCraney with long beard
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Mayor of Oakville
In office
1871–1872
Preceded by John Barclay
Succeeded by George King Chisholm
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halton
In office
1875 by-election – 1878 federal election
Preceded by Daniel Black Chisholm
Succeeded by William McDougall
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halton
In office
1882 federal election – 1887 federal election
Preceded by William McDougall
Succeeded by John Waldie
Personal details
Born (1831-12-15)December 15, 1831
Trafalgar Township, Ontario
Died June 21, 1911
Political party Liberal Party of Canada
Occupation lumber merchant

William McCraney (December 15, 1831 – June 21, 1911) was an Ontario businessman and political figure. He represented Halton in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1875 to 1878 and from 1882 to 1887.

He was born in Trafalgar Township, Upper Canada in 1831, the son of Hiram McCraney and Louisa English.[1] From 1852 to 1855, he was involved in lumbering and mining in California.[2] He owned several large farms near Oakville and several sawmills in Halton County.[2] McCraney helped build several Methodist churches and supported temperance.[2] In 1857, he married Elizabeth Coote. In 1868, he sold his farm land and settled in Oakville.[2] He served on the town council, serving as mayor in 1871 and 1872,[3] and also served on the county council. McCraney was also president of the county agricultural society. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Halton in a by-election in 1875. He was defeated by William McDougall for the Halton seat in 1878 and reelected in 1882.

His brother Daniel was a member of the Ontario assembly. His daughter Susan married Alexander Henderson.

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  1. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  2. ^ a b c d Illustrated Historical Atlas of Halton County. Toronto: Walker and Miles. 1877. p. 84. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Chronology of Oakville Mayors Since 1857". oakville.ca. Town of Oakville. Archived from the original on 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Daniel Black Chisholm
Member of Parliament for Halton
1875–1878
Succeeded by
William McDougall
Preceded by
William McDougall
Member of Parliament for Halton
1882–1887
Succeeded by
John Waldie