George Murdoch

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For George Peter Murdock, the Yale scholar, see George Murdock

George Murdoch (April 29, 1850February 2, 1910) was the first mayor of Calgary, Alberta. He was born in Paisley, Scotland, and died in Calgary, Alberta.

Murdoch's family immigrated to Canada in 1854 and settled in Saint John, New Brunswick. He spent much of his earlier years in New Brunswick. Here he married his wife Margaret, and together they had their first two children in the province. In total, they had at least three sons and two daughters.

On May 13, 1883, Murdoch moved to Calgary. This was just months before the Canadian Pacific Railway had reached the community in August. In Calgary, he started a successful harness shop. As Calgary was at its early stages, his main clientele were the North West Mounted Police based in Fort Calgary and Blackfoot Indians who had a reserve nearby. He was on good terms with the Blackfoot, and had learned to speak their language.

In the community, Murdoch was involved with the Masonic Lodge, literary and history societies, volunteer fire brigade and the Presbyterian Church. Being one the first permanent businessmen in Calgary, he was an active participant in securing the incorporation of Calgary from the government of the North-West Territories in November of 1884. On December 4, 1884, he became the first mayor of the Town of Calgary. He held this post until October 21, 1886. Murdoch was disqualified from the 1886 election for tampering with votes.

Murdoch also served as town Councillor from 1889 – 1890 and city Alderman from 1895 – 1896.

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Preceded by:
(none)
Mayor of Calgary
1884-1886
Succeeded by:
George Clift King

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