William Clark (Alberta politician)


William Clark (Alberta politician)

Infobox Politician (general)
name= William Harold Clark


imagesize=300
title= Alderman on the Edmonton City Council
term_start= December 12, 1904
term_end= December 11, 1905
birth_date= July 1, 1869
birth_place= London, England
death_date= December 27, 1913 (aged 44)
spouse= Agnes Jane Robson
children= Three sons, one daughter
profession= Builder, woodworker

William Harold Clark (July 1, 1869December 27, 1913) was a politician in Alberta, Canada, and a municipal councillor in Edmonton.

Biography

William Clark was born in London, England on July 1, 1869. After being educated in London's public schools, he went to work for his father at age sixteen in the building and contracting business.

He moved to Toronto in 1889 and to Edmonton in 1895. In Edmonton, he founded W. H. Clark & Company, which produced sash, doors, and interior furnishings. In this capacity, he did the millwork for many significant buildings, including the Civic Block, the medical building at the University of Alberta, and several hospital units.

In 1898, he married Agnes Jane Robson, with whom he would have three sons and a daughter.

In the 1904 municipal election, Clark ran for Edmonton City Council as an alderman. He finished fifth of seventeen, and was one of four candidates elected to one year terms (the top four candidates were elected to two year terms, the next four to one year terms). He sought re-election in the 1905 election, but finished fifth of ten candidates; only four were elected.

Clark established the Edmonton Lumber Company in 1905, which logged on the North Saskatchewan River. He was also President of the Edmonton Brick Company.

In the 1908 municipal election he ran for the public school board, and was one of three candidates elected (he placed third of seven candidates). He was re-elected in 1910 to what was nominally a two year term, but all municipal officials had their terms truncated by the merger of Edmonton with Strathcona. Accordingly, Clark sought re-election in the February 1912 election, and was elected to a one year term. He did not seek re-election at its conclusion.

Clark was a director of the YMCA, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Sons of England, the Edmonton Club, and the Masonic Lodge. He died December 27, 1913, from tuberculosis.

References

* [http://www.epl.ca/Elections/results/EPLBiographiesLetter.cfm?id=C Edmonton Public Library biography of William Clark]
* [http://www.edmonton.ca/CityGov/ElectionHistory/Members%20of%20Council%20Biographies.doc City of Edmonton biography of William Clark]


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