Fonds PR4063 - James Henderson fonds

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James Henderson fonds

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    • ca. 1963-1971 (Creation)

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    1.86 m of textual records

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    James Douglas Henderson was born in Okotoks, Alberta in 1927. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1948 with a degree in science and qualified as a professional engineer after successfully challenging the prerequisites. He married Pamela Bourne (d. 2004) in 1949, and together they had six children: Kathie, Douglas, Margaret, Elizabeth, Bruce (d. 2015) and Jamie,. He worked as a district engineer for Imperial Oil in Redwater and Devon. He served on town councils in both Redwater and Devon, including a term as the Mayor of Devon from 1961-1963.

    He was elected as a Social Credit MLA in 1963 for the Leduc electoral district (1963-1971) and Wetaskwin-Leduc electoral district (1971-1975). He served as Minister of Health (1967-1971) and Minister of the Environment (1971). Although the Social Credit party was defeated in the 1971 election, Henderson retained his seat. He served as the Social Credit leader in the Legislative Assembly from 1971-1973 until he resigned to sit as an independent. He retired from provincial politics at the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly in 1975.

    In addition to working as an oilfield consultant, Henderson ran for federal office in 1988 as well as for Devon city council in 1989 and 2001, but these campaigns were unsuccessful. He moved to Kelowna, B.C. in 2003. After the death of his wife Pam, he married Sonni (d. 2014).

    He died in Kelowna in 2020.

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    The fonds consists of the records of James Henderson created and received during his tenure as the Minster of Health, including files received from his predecessor J. Donovan Ross that Henderson received upon taking office.

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    The records were acquired by direct transfer from Executive Council.


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        Includes part of accession GR1979.0025.

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