William Henry Cushing

William Henry Cushing (August 21, 1852 – January 25, 1934) was a Canadian politician. Born in Ontario, he migrated west as a young adult where he started a successful lumber company and later became Alberta's first Minister of Public Works and the 11th mayor of Calgary. As Minister of Public Works in the government of Alexander Cameron Rutherford, he oversaw the creation of Alberta Government Telephones.

William Henry Cushing
Cushing in 1905
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
November 9, 1905  April 17, 1913
Serving with R. B. Bennett (1909–1913)
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
ConstituencyCalgary
Alberta Minister of Public Works
In office
September 9, 1905  February 16, 1910
First MinisterAlexander Cameron Rutherford
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byArthur Sifton
11th Mayor of Calgary
In office
January 2, 1900  January 7, 1901
Preceded byJames Reilly
Succeeded byJames Stuart Mackie
Calgary Alderman
In office
January 6, 1902  January 2, 1905
In office
May 1899  January 2, 1900
In office
January 7, 1895  January 4, 1897
Calgary Town Councillor
In office
January 20, 1890  January 16, 1893
Personal details
BornAugust 21, 1852
Kenilworth, Ontario, Canada
DiedJanuary 25, 1934(1934-01-25) (aged 81)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Resting placeUnion Cemetery, Calgary
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceCalgary
OccupationLumberman
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Cushing's resignation in 1910 precipitated the Alberta and Great Waterways Railway scandal, which forced Rutherford's resignation. Though Cushing had hopes of being asked to replace Rutherford, that role fell instead to Arthur Sifton, the province's chief judge. Left out of Sifton's cabinet, Cushing did not seek re-election in the 1913 election, and did not re-enter politics thereafter. He was the chairman of Mount Royal College's board of governors for sixteen years. He died in 1934.


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