Robert Colin Marshall
20th Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 2, 1919 – January 3, 1921
Preceded byMichael Copps Costello
Succeeded bySamuel Hunter Adams
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
July 18, 1921 – June 27, 1926
Personal details
Born(1883-05-19)May 19, 1883
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 20, 1962(1962-02-20) (aged 78)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Annie Mae Batchelor (d.1915)
Daisy Mary MacGregor

Robert Colin Marshall (May 19, 1883 – February 20, 1962)[1] was a politician in Alberta, Canada. Marshall served as the 20th Mayor of Calgary, Alberta from 1919 to 1921, and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Marshall was born in Ingersoll, Ontario in 1883 to parents Peter Marshall and Katherine Allen. He arrived in Calgary in 1906 and started working for the Crown Paving Company Limited. Marshall was associated with this company until its sale in 1961.

In 1907, he married Annie Mae Batchelor, who died in 1915. Together they had one child, Margaret Alexandra, born in 1909. On July 19, 1919, in his first year as mayor he married Daisy Mary MacGregor, the City Hall reporter for the Calgary Herald.[2] Together they had two children, Donald and Joan.

Marshall would spend three years serving as an Alderman on Calgary City Council. Marshall would serve as Mayor of Calgary for two years, first contesting the 1918 Calgary municipal election defeating opponent and incumbent Mayor Michael Copps Costello with 3,428 votes, a slim margin of victory of 194.[3] Marshall also contested the 1919 election, easily defeating opponent Isaac G. Ruttle.[4]

He then moved on to provincial politics, becoming a Liberal MLA just as the Liberals lost power to the United Farmers of Alberta. He ran as a Liberal in the 1921 Alberta general election. He won a provincial seat to sit as MLA for Calgary electoral district. His support dropped significantly in the 1926 Alberta general election and he was not re-elected.

In 1928, Marshall moved to Edmonton and remained there until his retirement. He was involved in the YMCA, Rotary Club and the Alberta Union of Municipalities. He was a freemason and an oddfellow.

He ran for the House of Commons of Canada in Edmonton East as a Liberal candidate in a by-election held on March 21, 1938 but was defeated by Social Credit candidate Orvis A. Kennedy.

Marshall died in 1962 while holidaying in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[5]


  1. ^ "Past Mayors and Aldermen". City of Calgary. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Leslie 1975, p. 145.
  3. ^ "Marshall Wins over Costello by 194 Majority". The Calgary Daily Herald. No. 4905. December 10, 1918. p. 1. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Marshall is elected by bumper majority; money bylaws carry". The Calgary Daily Herald. No. 3710. December 11, 1919. p. 1. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Leslie 1975, p. 146.