Herbert Baker (Alberta politician)

Herbert Baker (Alberta politician)

Infobox Politician (general)
name= Herbert Baker

title= Alderman on the Edmonton City Council
term_start= December 13, 1926
term_end= December 10, 1928
term_start1= December 9, 1929
term_end1= November 8, 1933
birth_date= Birth date|1866|12|18
birth_place= Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
death_date= Death date and age|1941|12|21|1866|12|18
spouse= Grace T. Willis
children= Two sons, one daughter
profession= Businessman
party= Civic Government Association

Herbert Baker (December 18, 1866December 21, 1941) was a politician in Alberta, Canada and a municipal councillor in Edmonton.

Early life

Herbert Baker was born at Hull, Yorkshire, England. In 1882, after being educated as public school, he emigrated to Canada, where he joined the Massey Manufacturing Co. in Toronto. There, he married Grace T. Willis on June 3, 1889; the couple would have two sons and a daughter. He was promoted to manage the company's office in Winnipeg in 1904, and was promoted again in 1910 to manage all of the company's activities in northern Alberta. During this time, he was based in Edmonton, where he retired in 1926.

Political career

Baker first sought election in the 1926 municipal election, when he ran for alderman on Edmonton City Council as a member of the pro-business Civic Governmen Association slate. He finished fourth of twelve candidates - first among the C.G.A.'s six candidates - and was elected to a two year term. He sought re-election at the conclusion of this term, in the 1928 election, but finished eighth of fourteen candidates and was defeated.

He returned to office the following year, winning another two year term after finishing third of fifteen candidates in the 1929 election. This time, he was successful in his re-election bid, as he finished fourth of fifteen candidates in the 1931 election. He did not seek re-election at the conclusion of this two year term.


* [http://www.epl.ca/Elections/Results/EPLBiographiesLetter.cfm?id=B Edmonton Public Library biography of Herbert Baker]
* [http://www.edmonton.ca/CityGov/ElectionHistory/Members%20of%20Council%20Biographies.doc City of Edmonton biography of Herbert Baker]

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