- William McCartney Davidson
William McCartney Davidson (
November 12, 1872– March 23, 1942) was a Canadian journalist, politician, and author.
Born in Hillier,
Prince Edward County, Ontario, the son of James C. Davidson, a farmer, and Sarah McCartney Davidson, Davidson was educated at the public school of his district, Picton High School, St. Catharines Collegiate Institute, and the University of Torontowhere he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1893. He started working as a reporter fort the "Toronto World" and soon joined the " Toronto Star". He would report from the Ontario legislature for seven years.cite book|title=A cyclopædia of Canadian biography|year=1919|publisher=Hunter-Rose Company|first=Hector Willoughby|last=Charlesworth|url=http://www.archive.org/details/cyclopdiaofcan00charuoft]
In 1902, Davidson founded "
The Albertan", a daily newspaper published in the Calgaryregion that would become the Calgary Sun, it was printed and published by his company The Albertan Pub. Co.cite web | url = http://library2.usask.ca/northwest/index/author/254.html | title = Author: Davidson, William McCartney | publisher = University of Saskatchewan Library | accessdate = 2007-08-13]
Davidson was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in the 1917 Alberta general election. He defeated Conservative incumbent Samuel Bacon Hillocks by a comfortable margin to win his first term in office.Davidson retired at the end of his first term in office to run in the 1925 Canadian federal election in
Calgary Easthe was badly defeated finishing a distant 3rd place behind Conservative Fred Davis the winner and Labor candidate William Irvine.
Davidson would seek another term in the Alberta Legislature in the Calgary electoral district as an Independent in a by-election on
January 15, 1923held after the death of Robert C. Edwards. He defeated Liberal candidate Clinton J. Ford to win. He retired from provincial politics for the second time in 1926.
After he retired from provincial politics Davidson spent 2 years from 1926 to 1928 researching
Louis Riel. As a result he wrote 2 biographical books on the life of Louis Riel. "Louis Riel, 1844-1885 : a biography" and "The life and times of Louis Riel". The second book was published as a condensed form of the first. Both books were published through his company The Albertan Pub. Co.
* [http://www.assembly.ab.ca/legislaturecentennial/pdf/membersBooklet.pdf Legislative Assembly of Alberta Members Listing]
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