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James Alexander Calder

The Hon.
James Alexander Calder
P.C., B.A.
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for South Regina
In office
1905 – 1908
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by district abolished
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for Saltcoats
In office
1908 – 1917
Preceded by Thomas MacNutt
Succeeded by George William Sahlmark
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Moose Jaw
In office
1917 – 1921
Preceded by William Erskine Knowles
Succeeded by Robert Milton Johnson
Senator for Saskatchewan
(Moose Jaw)
In office
September 22, 1921 – July 20, 1956
Appointed by Arthur Meighen
Personal details
Born (1868-09-17)September 17, 1868
Oxford County, Ontario
Died July 20, 1956(1956-07-20) (aged 87)
Nationality Canadian
Political party Provincial: Liberal Party of Saskatchewan (1905–17) Federal: Unionist (1917–21), Conservative (1921–42), Progressive Conservative (1942–56)
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Profession Educator, school principal

James Alexander Calder, PC (September 17, 1868 – July 20, 1956) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Oxford County, Ontario, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1888. He was a teacher and principal, before being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the riding of South Regina in the 1905 provincial election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in a 1908 by-election and in the 1912 election. From 1905 to 1912, he was the Minister of Education, Provincial Treasurer, and Minister of Railways. The rural village of Calder, SK was named after him when it was incorporated in 1911. From 1916 to 1917, he was the President of the Executive Council, Minister of Railways, and Minister of Highways.

He was elected as an Unionist candidate to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Moose Jaw in the 1917 federal election. He held many ministerial positions including Minister of Immigration and Colonization, Minister of Agriculture (Acting), Minister of Militia and Defence (Acting), President of the Privy Council, and Minister presiding over the Department of Health.

In 1921, he was called to the Canadian Senate, appointed on the advice of The Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen, representing the senatorial division of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. A Conservative (and later Progressive Conservative), he died in office in 1956.


Outside politics, Calder was a noted philatelist who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1947.[1]

References and sources

  1. ^ Background notes on The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists September 2011, Roll of Distinguished Philatelists Trust, London, 2011. Archived here.
  • James Alexander Calder – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Historical Members of the Legislative Assembly PDF (137 KiB)
  • Offices Held by Members of the Executive Council PDF (206 KiB)
  • Saskatchewan Election Results By Electoral District PDF
Political offices
Preceded by
Newton Wesley Rowell
Minister presiding over the Department of Health
Succeeded by
John Wesley Edwards
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