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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Wilfred George Harrison, B.A.

Wilfred G. Harrison, a member of the Edmonton bar, has clearly demonstrated his ability to cope with intricate legal problems and his success is attested by the practice accorded him. He was born at Glencoe, Ontario, in 1879, and is of Scotch and English descent in the paternal line, while his maternal ancestors were natives of Ireland.

Following his graduation from the Glencoe high school Wilfred G. Harrison began his academic training, winning the B. A. degree in 1900, and he then enrolled as a law student at Osgoode Hall ill Ontario. He finished his law course in the office of Hon. H. W. Newlands, now lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan, who was then residing at Dawson, in Yukon Territory, and in 1903 was admitted to the bar of that territory. In the same year he went to the States, going to Idaho, and was made registrar of the State University, situated in the city of Moscow. He served in that capacity for two years and in October, 1905, returned to Canada, choosing Edmonton as his place of residence. In 1918 his professional ability won him election to the office of prosecuting attorney of Edmonton and in the same year he acted as police magistrate for two months, while P. C. H. Primrose, the incumbent of that office, was enjoying a vacation. He is well read in the minutiae of the law and prepares his cases with thoroughness, precision and skill.

While residing in Moscow, Idaho, Mr. Harrison was married on December 26, 1908, to Miss Rose A. Forney, a daughter of James H. Forney, a leading representative of the legal fraternity of that city. Mr. Harrison is fond of all outdoor sports, but is partial to football, baseball and hockey. Ile has membership in the Edmonton Club and the Edmonton Golf & Country Club and is an Episcopalian in religious faith, while his Political support is given to the Liberal party.


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