Alexander Henderson (YT Commissioner)
Alexander Henderson, lawyer, politician, commissioner of Yukon Territory (b at Oshawa, Ont 13 Mar 1861; d at Vancouver 13 Dec 1940). Educated at Osgoode Hall, University of Toronto, Henderson was called to the Ontario bar in 1899 and the BC bar in 1891. A Liberal, he represented New Westminster in the BC legislature (1898-1900) and was attorney-general in the Semlin administration. Appointed a judge of the Vancouver county court in 1901, he resigned to run in the provincial election of 1906 but was defeated. He served as commissioner of the Yukon Territory 1908-11, a period which coincided with the transition to capital-intensive mining operations in the Klondike goldfields. A quiet and capable administrator, Henderson presided over the first wholly elected Yukon council.