|13th Mayor of Calgary|
January 6, 1902 –January 5, 1904
|Preceded by||James Stuart Mackie|
|Succeeded by||Silas Alexander Ramsay|
|Born||May 6, 1863|
Asfordby, Leicestershire, England
|Died|| May 10, 1948 85) (aged|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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James Stuart Mackie
| Mayor of Calgary |
Silas Alexander Ramsay