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Richard Bedford Bennett.

Quick Facts

1870 - 1947

Term(s) of Office:
August 7, 1930 - October 23, 1935

Born

  • July 3, 1870, Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick

Education

  • New Brunswick Provincial Normal School, Fredericton, 1886
  • Dalhousie University, LL. B. 1893

Personal Life

  • Bachelor

Occupations

  • 1886 - 1888 Teacher, Irishtown, New Brunswick
  • 1888 - 1890 School principal, Douglastown, New Brunswick
  • Lawyer (called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1893)
  • 1898 - 1905 Member of the Assembly of the North West Territories
  • 1909 - 1911 MLA Alberta
  • 1910 - 1920 President, Calgary Power Company

Political Party

  • Conservative
  • 1927 - 1938 Party Leader

Constituencies

  • 1911 - 1917 Calgary, Alberta
  • 1925 - 1939 Calgary West, Alberta

Other Ministries

  • 1921 Justice and Attorney General
  • 1926 Minister Without Portfolio
  • 1926, 1930 - 1932 Finance and Receiver General
  • 1926 (Acting) Mines, Interior, Superintendent General of Indian Affairs
  • 1930 - 1935 Secretary of State for External Affairs, President of the Privy Council

Political Record

  • Director-General of National Service 1914 - 1917
  • The Relief Act 1932
  • Creation of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (forerunner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) 1932
  • Creation of the Bank of Canada 1935
  • Creation of the Canadian Wheat Board 1935
  • Leader of the Opposition 1935 - 1938
  • Member of the House of Lords (United Kingdom) as Viscount Bennett 1941 - 1947

Died

  • June 26, 1947, Mickleham, Surrey, England
  • Grave site: Village churchyard, Mickleham, Surrey, England
  • The only Prime Minister not buried in Canada

Source: Canada's Prime Ministers, 1867 - 1994. [Ottawa]: National Archives of Canada, c1994. 20 p.

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