- William John Blair
William John Blair (born:
October 13, 1875 Embro, Ontariodied: April 24, 1943 Ingersoll, Ontario) was an Engineer, farmer, teacher, soldier surveyor and Canadian federal politician.
Blair was born in Embro,
Ontarioon October 13, 1875. Blair took his post secondary education at Woodstock Collegeand later the University of Torontowhere he completed a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He began surveying in 1904 in Ontario and using his knowledge to Steak mining property which he later sold.
He married his wife Lottie May Nethercott in 1906 and they had one daughter and one son. He moved his family west to
Albertain 1910 and continued his survey work.
Early political work
Blair first served in public office on the municipal level, for one term he served as Mayor of
New Liskeard, Ontariofrom 1907 to 1908.
After Blair moved out west he attempted a career at Alberta provincial politics. He ran for a seat in the Alberta Legislature by running as the Conservative candidate in the ministerial by-election held on
May 27, 1912in the Sedgewick district. He was soundly defeated by incumbent Minister of Municipal Affairs Charles Stewart.
Blair joined the war effort in 1916 and became a
Canadian Forcesrecruiter for the 151st Battalion (Alberta) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He worked as a military recruiter until 1917.
Blair would try his hand at federal politics running as the Unionist candidate in the 1917 Canadian federal election. He was successfully elected defeating Laurier Liberal candidate and future Member of Parliament
Daniel Webster Warnerin a hotly contested election. Blair would serve in the House of Commons for 1 term before retiring from Federal politics.
Late life and death
In 1925 Blair became very ill and moved his family to
Barrie, Ontariohe would spend the next 5 years recovering his health, moving back to Alberta in 1930. In 1937 he contracted Thrombosisand his family moved back to Ontario once again. He withdrew himself from public life and died April 24, 1943
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