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Name of creator
William Franklin Kerr was born on October 25, 1876 at Goderich, Huron County, Ontario to Dawson and Frances (Hale) Kerr. He was educated in St. Thomas, Ontario, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ottawa, Ontario.
Kerr worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway telegraphs until 1898, when he moved west to become an assistant to the managing editor of The Winnipeg Free Press. In 1902, Kerr was named editor of The Regina Leader. He purchased that newspaper in 1905. Kerr remained with the Regina Leader until 1920, when he became Red Cross Commissioner for Saskatchewan. In 1924, he was appointed Legislative Librarian and Commissioner of Publications for the Government of Saskatchewan.
Kerr was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1934 and served as a Liberal member for the Regina City (1934-1938) and Turtleford (1938-1944) constituencies. He served in the William Patterson Government as Minister of Natural Resources (1935-1944) and Minister of Highways and Transportation (November 3, 1938 to December 1, 1938). Kerr was defeated in the 1944 provincial general election.
After leaving politics, Kerr was involved with numerous organizations in Regina including the Young Mens' Christian Association (YMCA), Boy Scouts and Canadian Institute for the Blind. Kerr died in Regina on March 11, 1968.
Kerr married Sara Wilson on October 11, 1904. The Kerrs did not have any children.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by W.F. Kerr in his political career as Minister of Natural Resources.
The types of records included are correspondence; memoranda; newspaper clippings; publications and statistics.
No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.