William A. Acorn

William A. Acorn

Served during the following dates: 1951-04-26;1955-05-25;1965-02-09

ACORN, WILLIAM A., automobile dealer; b. 10 January 1915 in Souris, son of Herbert H. Acorn"" and Harriet Ann Sellar; m. 1938 Ann Selina Maclsaac of Hermanville, and they had five children, Shirley Ann (died 15 July 1947), Robert, Earl, Barbara, and Shirley; United; d. 25 May 1966 in Souris.
Acorn, a Liberal, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the general election of 1951 for 1st Kings. He was re-elected in the general election of 1955 and in a by-election held 9 February 1965. Acorn was defeated in the general elections of 1959 and 1962. Acorn won the nomination for 1st Kings in the general election of 1966, but died during the campaign. The general election held 30 May had resulted in a tie. The vote in Is' Kings was deferred until 11 July 1966 and decided the overall election winner, the Liberals. Acorn's father also served in the Legislative Assembly for Is' Kings, serving the district from 1935 until his death in 1939. Acorn, a lifelong resident of Souris, operated a sub-agency for a Charlottetown automobile dealer. He was a member of the Eastern Kings Board of Trade and served as the vice-president of Souris Lions Club. William Acorn died of a heart attack on 25 May 1966 at his home. Ann Acorn was born in 1915 and died in 1967. She was the daughter of Angus Dan Maclsaac and Flora Maclntyrc of Hermanville.

References: CPG 1959; Elections PEL Beacon no. 15 1993; Guardian lb May 1966; PARO: An. lUi, Leard Files; MNI-Cemetery Transcripts. Guide to abbreviations

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