Conant, Gordon, 1885-1953

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Conant, Gordon, 1885-1953

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        The Hon. Gordon Daniel Conant (1885-1953) was a lawyer, a Mayor of Oshawa, and Premier of Ontario from 1942 to 1943.

        He was born at Cedar Dale, East Whitby Township (now part of the Township of Oshawa). He was educated at Oshawa High School., and the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar in 1912 and practised law at Oshawa. In 1933, he was made a K.C. In 1913, he married Verna Rowena Smith, and the couple had three children.

        He began his political career on the municipal level as Deputy Reeve of Oshawa in 1914, Reeve of Oshawa in 1915, and Mayor of Oshawa in 1916 and 1917. Conant was also active in local commissions and associations, including the Board of Water Commissioners of Oshawa, the Board of Trustees of the Oshawa General Hospital, the Oshawa Rotary Club, the Public Utilities Commission of Oshawa, and the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

        He was also involved in the affairs of the Liberal Party, acting as President of the Liberal Club Federation of Ontario, and Secretary of the Ontario County Liberal Association. In 1934, Conant was appointed Crown Attorney for Ontario County.

        In 1937 he won the seat of Ontario County in the Ontario Legislative Assembly and was immediately appointed Attorney General in the Mitchell Hepburn Cabinet. In October, 1942, Hepburn resigned as Premier and choose Conant as his successor. Conant served until May, 1943, and did not contest the leadership in the Liberal Convention which followed. In June, 1943, he was appointed Master of the Supreme Court of Ontario and held that position until 1951. In 1944, the University of Toronto presented Conant with an honorary degree.


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