Fonds F0688 - William H. Downton fonds

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William H. Downton fonds


  • [ca. 1950s-1980s] (Creation)

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1.1 m of textual records

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Biographical history

William H. Downton, 1938-1981, was born in Calgary and attended Central High School and the University of Alberta. He graduated as a lawyer and became senior partner of the Downton, McDonald, Plotkins and Co. firm in Calgary. He was active in the Social Credit party from an early age, working as youth organizer in the 1960s, as campaign manager for numerous 1970s elections and as vice-president in 1979. Downton was a founder and honorary senator of the First National Boys Parliament and active in a wide variety of organizations including the Men's Canadian Club. He married Deanna Louise Laycock and they had three children, Jonathan, Kathy and Mark.


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Gift of Deanna Downton, 1984.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, pamphlets, circulars, reports and speeches.

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The material is in English.

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