Sidney Earle Smith
|Secretary of State for External Affairs
September 13, 1957 – March 17, 1959
|Member of Parliament
November 4, 1957 – March 17, 1959
|George Stanley White
|7th President of the University of Toronto
|Henry John Cody
|2nd President of the University of Manitoba
|James Alexander MacLean
|Henry Percy Armes, acting
|4th Dean of Dalhousie Law School
|John Erskine Read
|Vincent C. MacDonald
|March 9, 1897
Port Hood Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
|March 17, 1959 (aged 62)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Born and raised on Nova Scotia's Port Hood Island, Smith grew up speaking both English and Gaelic. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of King's College, followed by an LL.B. from Dalhousie University.
Smith became a lawyer and a professor of law, lecturing at Osgoode Hall Law School and then at Dalhousie University. In 1929, he became dean of Dalhousie's law school. In 1934, he left the Maritimes to become president of the University of Manitoba. In 1945, he was appointed the president of the University of Toronto. He remained in that role for twelve years, overseeing a major period of the university's expansion.
A strong Conservative in the Red Tory tradition, Smith became a prominent member of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1956, he was considered a possibility for the party's leadership, but decided not to run, disappointing those in the party establishment who wished to prevent the populist John Diefenbaker from becoming leader.
After Diefenbaker won a surprise minority government in 1957, Smith was appointed as Secretary of State for External Affairs. Despite Smith's brilliance and popularity in academia, his success in this new role was limited. After holding the position for two years, he died suddenly of a stroke in 1959.
|Hastings—FrontenacCanadian federal by-election, November 4, 1957:
Appointment of George Stanley White to the Senate
|Sidney Earle Smith
|Library of Parliament
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