William Thomas Henry
William Thomas Henry
|Alderman on the Edmonton Town Council|
December 10, 1900 – December 8, 1902
|13th Mayor of Edmonton|
December 14, 1914 – December 10, 1917
|Preceded by||William McNamara|
|Succeeded by||Harry Evans|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
October 27, 1924 – June 28, 1926
|Preceded by||John Boyle|
|Succeeded by||John Lymburn, Charles Weaver, Charles Gibbs, Warren Prevey and David Duggan|
|Born||January 2, 1871|
Prince Edward Island
|Died||March 12, 1952 (aged 80)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Political party||Alberta Liberal Party|
|Spouse(s)||Ada C. Battrick|
|Profession||Businessman, real estate agent and politician|
William Thomas Henry (January 2, 1871 – March 12, 1952) was a politician, real estate agent and businessman in Alberta, Canada. He served numerous years on Edmonton City Council as an Alderman from 1900 to 1902 and later as mayor from 1914 to 1917. He also served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1924 to 1926 sitting with the Liberal caucus.
Henry was born in Prince Edward Island January 2, 1872. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1890 and entered the dry goods business. Three years later, he moved to Edmonton and opened W. T. Henry and Co., Clothing, Boots and Shoes which outfitted parties going to the Klondike Gold Rush.
In 1903 Henry left the clothing business and went into real estate for three years before partnering with James Blowey to form Blowey, Henry Ltd., a wholesale and retail furniture company.
Henry was more successful in his next second attempt to run for municipal council. He was elected to a two-year term as alderman in the 1900 election. He completed his term in 1902, but did not seek re-election.
The 1914 municipal election would see Henry return to municipal politics. He stood for Mayor and was elected handily defeating Joseph Adair in a landslide. Henry was returned by acclamation to mayoralty in the 1915 election.
The election held in 1916 would be contested. Henry easily defeated future mayor Joseph Clarke with another landslide majority. While mayor, Henry helped arrange for the acquisition of weapons by the Edmonton branch of the Legion of Frontiersmen for home defense during World War I, after his request to the army was turned down.
Mayor Henry did not seek re-election in the 1917 election, and turned his attention to provincial politics.
Henry ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature, seeking election as a Liberal candidate in the 1917 Alberta general election. He ran in the riding of West Edmonton but was defeated by Conservative incumbent Albert Ewing in a hotly contested two way race.
Henry ran for his second time in a by-election held on in the Edmonton electoral district caused by John Boyle's appointment as a judge. Two years later he sought re-election in the 1926 election, but finished fifteenth of twenty-three candidates, he did not return to public office.
Henry took his company Henry Ltd.'s out of the retail furniture business (in favour of wholesaling), Henry co-founded Henry, Graham and Reid in 1931. He also served as chairman of the Edmonton Hospital Board, and was a member of the Masonic Order, the Edmonton Board of Trade, the Methodist Church, and the Alberta College's first board. He played and refereed hockey. He was married to Ada C. Battrick, with whom he had four children.
Henry died March 12, 1952 in Hollywood, California where he had travelled to for the winter. He was buried at the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery. Henry Avenue in Edmonton is named in his honour.
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- Legislative Assembly of Alberta Members Listing
- Edmonton Public Library Biography of William Thomas Henry
- City of Edmonton biography of William Thomas Henry
- Report to the Edmonton City Council Executive Committee including a list of aldermen who have been honoured in the names of Edmonton's features[permanent dead link]
- A History of rifle smuggling by the Legion of Frontiersmen during the First World War
- History of hockey referees in Edmonton from 1893 until 1907[permanent dead link]
- History of Alberta College