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Alexander Cameron Rutherford 1857-1941

Alexander Cameron Rutherford 1857-1941

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Alexander Cameron Rutherford 1857-1941

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
In Vernon, on the west side of Bank Street (Road 31)
just south of Lawrence Street


Coordinates: N 45 09.610 W 75 27.729

Map

Plaque Text

The first premier of Alberta, Rutherford was born in Osgoode Township of Scottish parents and educated at McGill University. In 1895, after practising law in Ottawa and Kemptville, he moved to Strathcona, near Edmonton. Elected to the territorial assembly seven years later, Rutherford achieved prominence as a deputy speaker of the legislature. When the province of Alberta was created in 1905, he became the first premier, provincial treasurer and minister of education in the first government. Rutherford skillfully established the province's administrative, judicial, and educational framework, but prolonged debate regarding a controversial railway policy precipitated his resignation in 1910. Although retired from politics after 1913, he retained an active interest in educational matters, serving as chancellor of the University of Alberta from 1927 until his death.

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