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The diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King

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Behind the Diary

A King's Who's Who Biographies

Howard Measures (1894-1985)

Howard Measures was Personal Secretary to Mackenzie King in the 1920s. King's diary contains many references to him. Early in their association, King mentioned: "I tried tonight explaining to Measures a trick of McGregor about sorting letters, etc." (Diary, November 20, 1922) On another occasion, King wrote about working with McGregor and Measures: "Both were very patient, we worked till midnight." (Diary, February 2, 1923) In 1926, Measures went to the Imperial Conference in London, England, as one of King's staff.

Measures left King's service on September 15, 1930. (Diary, September 13, 1930) Nevertheless, King seems to have kept in touch with him because, the following year, King used Measures as an intermediary with the Income Tax Branch concerning the tax implications of the trust fund that Peter Larkin had set up. (Diary, March 4, 1931)

Measures was Secretary to Prime Minister Bennett. After that, he served as Chief of Protocol, Department of External Affairs, and Director, Protocol Branch, Department of Secretary of State. He wrote Styles of Address (1947), which became a standard reference work relating to protocol.

Library and Archives Canada holds the W.H. Measures Papers (MG30-E185).

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