Charles Richmond Mitchell
Charles Richmond Mitchell Alberta Minister of Health In office
April 29, 1920 – August 13, 1921
Preceded by Alexander Grant MacKay Succeeded by Richard Gavin Reid Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs In office
April 29, 1920 – August 13, 1921
Preceded by Alexander Grant MacKay Succeeded by Richard Gavin Reid Alberta Provincial Treasurer In office
November 28, 1913 – August 13, 1921
Preceded by Arthur Sifton Succeeded by Herbert Greenfield Alberta Minister of Public Works In office
May 4, 1912 – November 28, 1913
Preceded by Arthur Sifton Succeeded by Charles Stewart Alberta Minister of Education In office
June 1, 1910 – May 4, 1912
Preceded by Alexander Cameron Rutherford Succeeded by John Robert Boyle Attorney-General of Alberta In office
June 1, 1910 – May 4, 1912
Preceded by Charles Wilson Cross Succeeded by Charles Wilson Cross Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta In office
June 12, 1913 – March 18, 1926
Preceded by George Lane Succeeded by Joseph Tweed Shaw Constituency Bow Valley In office
June 29, 1910 – April 17, 1913
Preceded by William Thomas Finlay Succeeded by Nelson Spencer Constituency Medicine Hat Personal details Born November 20, 1872
Newcastle, New Brunswick
Died August 16, 1942 (aged 69)
Political party Liberal Relations Peter Mitchell (uncle) Alma mater University of New Brunswick
Charles R. Mitchell was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick. At the time, the Mitchells were a prominent local family: Mitchell's father was the Sheriff of Northumberland County and his uncle was Peter Mitchell, a senator and later Premier of New Brunswick.
He went to the University of New Brunswick and King’s College and took the New Brunswick bar exam in 1897. The next year he moved to Medicine Hat, at that time in the Northwest Territories and opened a thriving legal practice. He was appointed as a Judge in 1907 for the Calgary District Court and joined Arsenal shortly afterwards.
Mitchell served two cabinet portfolios as the Minister of Education and the Attorney General of the province. He would serve both portfolios for 2 years until he became Minister of Public Works on May 4, 1912, dropping the others. In the 1913 Alberta general election Mitchell was defeated by Nelson Spencer from the Conservative party. Mitchell was the only Cabinet minister defeated that election, but was 1 of a number of high-profile defeats across the province.
After his defeat in the 1913 general election, George Lane, the Member for Bow Valley, resigned to provide a seat for the defeated Minister. On June 12, 1913 he was acclaimed and once again rejoined the government. He would serve Bow Valley as its Member until his resignation in 1926.
Mitchell was reappointed Cabinet as the Provincial Treasurer on November 28, 1913. He became the first non-premier Treasurer in Alberta history. He held that position until the government was defeated in 1921.
On April 29, 1920 Mitchell was appointed to be Minister of Municipal Affairs in addition to being the Treasurer.
Defeat of the government
Mitchell survived was one of the few Liberal Party members who survived the defeat of the government in 1921. After the Resignation of John R. Boyle to the judiciary on October 27, 1924 Mitchell became the fifth leader of the Liberal Party of Alberta. He would serve as Leader of the Official opposition until he was appointed in 1926 as a Justice to the Supreme Court of Alberta Appellate Division, vacating his seat and position as Liberal leader. He retired from the judiciary in 1936.
Mitchell died in 1942 in Edmonton, Alberta.
1921 Alberta general election results (Bow Valley) Turnout 87.8% Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell 1,694 72.30% United Farmers of Alberta George A. Love 649 27.70% 1917 Alberta general election results (Bow Valley) Turnout 70.9% Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell 604 58.13% Conservative Edmund F. Purcell 435 41.87% 1913 by-election results (Bow Valley) Turnout N/A Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell Acclaimed 1913 Alberta general election results (Medicine Hat) Turnout N.A. Conservative Nelson Spencer 1,843 50.27% Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell 1,823 49.73% 1910 by-election results (Medicine Hat) Turnout N.A. Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell 1,134 62.86% Conservative W. Huckvale 670 37.14%
- ^ "Election results for Medicine Hat, 1917". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. http://www.abheritage.ca/abpolitics/administration/maps_choice.php?Year=1921&Constit=Bow_Valley. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- ^ "Election results for Medicine Hat, 1917". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. http://www.abheritage.ca/abpolitics/administration/maps_choice.php?Year=1917&Constit=Bow_Valley. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- ^ a b "Past by-election results". Elections Alberta. http://www.elections.ab.ca/Public%20Website/742.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- ^ "Election results for Medicine Hat, 1913". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. http://www.abheritage.ca/abpolitics/administration/maps_choice.php?Year=1913&Constit=Medicine_Hat. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- Mittelstadt, David (2005). Foundations of justice: Alberta's historic courthouses. Calgary: University of Calgary Press. ISBN 1552381234.
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