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Arthur Leslie Cameron
10th Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 3, 1898 – January 3, 1899
Preceded byWesley Fletcher Orr
Succeeded byJames Reilly
In office
January 14, 1907 – January 2, 1909
Preceded byJohn Emerson
Succeeded byReuben Rupert Jamieson
Personal details
BornMay 6, 1856
Springfield, Ontario
DiedJanuary 22, 1940(1940-01-22) (aged 83)
Victoria, British Columbia

Arthur Leslie Cameron (May 6, 1856 – January 22, 1940) was the tenth mayor of Calgary. His second term was after the creation of the Province of Alberta.

Cameron was born in Springfield, Ontario, on May 6, 1856, to Charles and Jennie (Bell) Cameron. After a builders' apprenticeship in Toronto, Ontario, he decided to move west in 1878. He first went to Manitoba, spending time in Emerson and Brandon.[1] In Brandon, he worked in the lumber business. Here he met Elizabeth Parrish (b. 1860 Brock, Ontario) and in 1882 they were married, Elizabeth's brother was Manitoba MLA William Parrish. Cameron would serve in the Riel rebellion, and in 1886, they moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta.[2][1]

In 1888, Cameron moved to a fledgling Calgary. He spent two terms on the Calgary City Council in the 1890s, then became mayor in 1898 for a one-year term. Cameron returned to the mayoral office in 1907 and held the position for another two years.

Cameron was a member of the University of Alberta Board of Governors and was also involved in the Calgary Board of Trade and the Alberta Club. Together with his wife Elizabeth, he had four children. Cameron would move to Victoria, British Columbia, in 1913, and would die there on January 22, 1940, at the age of 83.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b MacRae, Archibald Oswald (1912). History of the province of Alberta. 1. Calgary, Alberta: Western Canada History Co. pp. 571–572. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Watson, Dorthy E. (1975). "Arthur Cameron". Past and present: people, places and events in Calgary: accounts. Calgary: Century Calgary Publications. pp. 113–114. OCLC 15847775. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Early City Mayor, A. Cameron, Dies". Calgary Herald. January 22, 1940. p. 1.
Preceded byWesley Fletcher Orr Mayor of Calgary1898–1899 Succeeded byJames Reilly Preceded byJohn Emerson Mayor of Calgary1907–1909 Succeeded byReuben Rupert Jamieson