Alexander Hogg

Alexander Wilson Hogg c. 1901

Alexander Wilson Hogg (9 February 1841 – 17 November 1920) was a member of parliament for Masterton, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th Masterton Liberal
1893–1896 12th Masterton Liberal
1896–1899 13th Masterton Liberal
1899–1902 14th Masterton Liberal
1902–1905 15th Masterton Liberal
1905–1908 16th Masterton Liberal
1908–1911 17th Masterton Liberal

Hogg contested the Masterton electorate in the 1887 election, but was beaten by George Beetham.[1] He represented the Masterton electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives for 21 years from 1890 to 1911.[2]

From 1904 until 1905 he was the Liberal Party's junior whip.[3]

New Liberal Party

Alexander Wilson Hogg caricature, 1896

Hogg was associated with the New Liberal Party in 1905. Like most of the other New Liberals, Hogg wanted the establishment of a State bank,[4] but he did not share their zeal for constitutional innovations, rejecting the idea of the referendum and claiming that the Elective Executive Bill should be put in the rubbish bin.[5]

Hogg was made Minister of Labour, Customs, and Roads and Bridges in 1909. But he resigned from his portfolios in the same year because of general dissatisfaction with the Ward Government's policies.[6]

Alexander Hogg sought election in 1911 as an Independent Labour candidate, and in 1912 became a member of the first New Zealand Labour Party. However, in the 1914 contest he stood as a Liberal in Masterton.[7]

He was a newspaper editor/owner of the Wairarapa Star.


Alexander Hogg on politics in 1882:

Our system of general government is imperfect. The framework is already eroded and moth-eaten, loaded with parasites, suffering from a species of dry rot[8]


  1. ^ "The General Election, 1887". National Library. 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 205.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 279.
  4. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 100: 713–714CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ See New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 101: 611CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) ; and New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 131: 511CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  6. ^ Hamer, David A. (1988), The New Zealand Liberals: the years of power, 1891–1912, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Auckland University Press, ISBN 1-86940-014-3 p.299.
  7. ^ Gustafson, Barry S. (1961), The Advent of the New Zealand Labour Party, 1910–1919 [M.A. – University of Auckland] p.301.
  8. ^ "none", Wairarapa Star, 2 May 1882

Further reading

Works by Hogg

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Political offices
Preceded by
John A. Millar
Minister of Customs
Succeeded by
George Fowlds
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
George Beetham
Member of Parliament for Masterton
Succeeded by
George Sykes

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