Herbert Greenfield

Herbert Greenfield, farmer, politician, businessman, premier of Alberta 1921-25 (b at Winchester, Eng 25 Nov 1867; d at Calgary 23 Aug 1949). Greenfield migrated to Canada in 1892 and established a homestead N of Edmonton in 1906.

Greenfield, Herbert

Herbert Greenfield, farmer, politician, businessman, premier of Alberta 1921-25 (b at Winchester, Eng 25 Nov 1867; d at Calgary 23 Aug 1949). Greenfield migrated to Canada in 1892 and established a homestead N of Edmonton in 1906. By 1921 he was president of the Alberta Assn of Municipal Districts and an interim VP of the UNITED FARMERS OF ALBERTA. Though not initially a candidate when the UFA entered the 1921 provincial election campaign, he was asked to accept the position of premier after it was refused by Henry Wise WOOD. Sworn in as premier, provincial secretary and provincial treasurer on 13 Aug 1921, Greenfield led the novice UFA government in its response to drought and credit problems of Alberta farmers and its assistance in establishing a voluntary wheat pool and other commodity marketing pools. Often ill and absent during 1923, and increasingly regarded as ineffective thereafter (although he maintained his personal popularity), Greenfield resigned on 23 Nov 1925 in favour of John Edward BROWNLEE.