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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
William Morley Seller


W. Morley Seller, deputy superintendent of insurance for Alberta, has made an exhaustive study of this subject and is recognized as one of the able officials of the provincial government. He was born in Prince Edward Island, in 1875, and his father, Isaac Seller, was also a native of that section, his birth occurring in 1839. He was there married in 1867 to Miss Mary McMillan and his demise occurred in 1894, when he had reached the age of fifty-five years. The mother survives and is now residing in Edmonton. The paternal great-grandfather of the subject of this review was a native of Devonshire, England, and the Seller family is one of the oldest in England, while the maternal ancestors were Scotch Highlanders.

The public schools of Prince Edward Island afforded W. Morley Seller his early educational privileges, and having won a scholarship at the Prince of Wales College, he spent two years as a student at that institution, completing his studies in 1896. He then took up the profession of teaching, which he followed until 1900 as an instructor in the schools of Prince Edward Island, and afterwards engaged in merchandising at Hunter's River for a time. In 1903 he came to western Canada and entered a homestead in the province of Saskatchewan, proving up on

land, on which he continued to reside until 1908, when he sold the property. Coming to Alberta, he located at High River and again turned his attention to mercantile pursuits, which he continued to follow at that place until June, 1917. He then accepted the position of supervisor of the Alberta Cooperative Credit Act and organized the present system of rural credits in Alberta. in January, 1920, he was appointed deputy superintendent of insurance and fire commissioner of Alberta and is now so serving. He is a sagacious, farsighted business mail in handling public problems he brings to bear a keen intellect and a comprehensive understanding of the subjects with which he has to deal. At the recent convention of provincial insurance superintendents, held at Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Seller was elected president of the conference, of which he was one of the principal speakers, delivering an address on "Mutual Insurance and Legislative Regulations." He has also been connected with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, which he joined in 1900, remaining a member of that organization for six months.

Mr. Seller was married in Prince Edward Island, February 26, 1908, to Miss Sarah May MacLeod, a daughter of George S. MacLeod, a retired merchant. Mr. and Mrs. Seller have three children: Allison MacLeod, who was born August 28, 1909; Mary Beatrice and Helen Margaret. In his political views Mr. Seller is a Liberal and he is a member of the Methodist church. He is president of the Alberta Civil Service Athletic Association, entering upon the duties of that office in 1922, and he was also chairman of Branch No. 2 of that organization. He is 1ikewse a member of the Edmonton Automobile and Good Roads Association and of the Blue Goose, a social insurance order, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is always loyal to any cause which he espouses and faithful to every duty, and his record iii both a l)Ub1iC and private capacity is one which will bear the light of close investigation and scrutiny.


 


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