Robert Crawford (politician)

Robert Crawford
Member of the Council of the Northwest Territories for Qu'Appelle
In office
14 October 1886  30 June 1888
Preceded by Thomas Wesley Jackson
Succeeded by William Sutherland
Personal details
Born (1834-08-11)11 August 1834
Port Glasgow, Scotland
Died 22 September 1897(1897-09-22) (aged 63)
Indian Head, North West Territories
Political party Independent
Occupation merchant, postmaster

Robert Crawford (11 August 1834 – 22 September 1897) was a Scottish-born Canadian politician. He served on the 1st Council of the Northwest Territories for Qu'Appelle from 1886 to 1888.[1]

Crawford was born in Port Glasgow, the son of Andrew Crawford. After receiving his education at Greenock, he came to Canada in 1849. He initially farmed at the Island of Montreal, but would later gain employment with the Hudson's Bay Company as a clerk in 1854. He earned a commission in 1867 as Chief Trader at Lindsay, Ontario, then worked as Chief Trader or Factor at Nipigon, Ontario, Red Rock, Ontario and Fort Chimo until 1877 when he retired.[2] He moved to Brockville, Ontario where he lived until 1882, when he moved west to Indian Head, North West Territories. At Indian Head he operated a general store, Crawford & Robinson.[3] He married Elizabeth Miles, the daughter of Robert Seaborn Miles, a fellow Hudson's Bay Company employee, in August 1863.[4] He resided at Indian Head where he operated his store and was also the postmaster. During the 1885 North-West Rebellion, he was Paymaster to the Commissariat and Transport Service.[5]

He was elected in 1886 to the Council of the North West Territories, trigged by the resignation of Thomas Wesley Jackson. Crawford retired at the next election, in 1888.

Electoral results

1886 election

14 October 1886 by-election
[1] Name Vote %
     Robert Crawford 332 53.38%
     George Davidson 290 46.62%
Total Votes 622 100%


  1. 1 2 "North-West Territories: Council and Legislative Assembly, 1876-1905" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2007.
  2. HBCo Biographical Sheet
  3. Robertson, John Palmerston (1887), A political manual of the province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories, Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Call Printing Company, retrieved 19 February 2014
  5. Gemmill, John Alexander; Mackintosh, Charles Herbert (1887). The Canadian Parliamentary Companion. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
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