Smith, Sidney Earle

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Smith, Sidney Earle

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1897-1959

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Sidney Earle Smith was President of the University of Toronto from 1945-1957.

He was born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia on March 9, 1897. Raised and educated in the Nova Scotia, he became a lawyer and professor of law, becoming dean of Law at Dalhousie Law School in 1929. In 1934 he was appointed President of the University of Manitoba. He remained in that position until his appointment as President of the University of Toronto in 1945. He remained in this position until 1957, when he resigned to run as a Conservative candidate in the riding of Hastings-Frontenac. He was elected and helped form a minority government with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker where he held the position of Secretary of State for External Affairs in Cabinet. His political career was cut short when he died suddenly of a stroke on March 17, 1959.

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