File 24 - Humphrey Mitchell.

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Humphrey Mitchell.

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1 photograph : b&w. ; 19 x 24 cm

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"William Lyon Mackenzie King had a long political career. He was leader of the Liberal Party for 29 eventful years through the buoyant expansion of the 1920s, the depression of the 1930s, the shock of World War II, and then the post-war reconstruction, and for 21 of these years he was Canada’s prime minister. His decisions during this time contributed significantly to the shaping of Canada and to its development as an influential middle power in world affairs. During his lifetime his achievements were sometimes obscured by a style notable for its compromises. After his death his political career was sometimes overshadowed by the revelation of his unsuspected personal idiosyncrasies."

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Materials related to members of the 16th Canadian Ministry (1935–1948) with Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King as Prime Minister. Includes one photograph of some members.
Also contains materials related to Humphrey Mitchell (MP and Minister of Labour, 1941-1950), including a biographical sketch for Humphrey Mitchell written by Dr. Craig Heron and extracted from the Canadian Encyclopedia, a letter from J. J. McCann (MP, Minister of National War Services, Minister of National Revenue, and Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys 1945-1957), and the reproduction of a photograph from Mitchell’s funeral

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Donated by Lorne Shields in 2021.


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  • English

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Photograph of members contains annotation that reads: “In Arnprior, Ont[ario]. First Row (L to R) – Mr. Sullivan, J. J. McCann (Little boy a Simpson), Hon. Brooke Claxton, Mr. Simpson, Mr. O’Connor. Back Row – Mr McKay, Mr Convey ?, Joe Greene.”

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Reproduction of photograph of Mitchell's funeral contains annotation that reads: “0-1481-25. Humphrey Mitchell funeral, Aug. 4/50, Ottawa, [J. J. McCann signature].” Seal reading: “Royal Canadian Naval photograph. Crown Copyright reserved. Negative No.”

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Described by CGD in 2021.

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  • English

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