Fonds F 13 - Thomas Laird Kennedy fonds

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Thomas Laird Kennedy fonds

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CA ON00009 F 13

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  • 1817, 1887, 1914-1958 (Creation)

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63 photographs : black and white prints
23 centimetres of textual records
2 volumes of textual records
1 album
1 poster

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Tom Kennedy (1878-1959) was the Conservative Premier of Ontario from 1948 to 1949.

Kennedy was born in the village of Dixie, near Toronto, Ontario. He served overseas in World War One, attaining the rank of Colonel. Kennedy was a farmer by occupation, and served as Member for Peel in the Ontario Legislature from 1919 to 1934 and from 1937 to 1958. During his tenure as Member, Kennedy served as Minister of Agriculture from 1930 to 1934 and from 1943 to1948. After having resigned as Premier in 1949, he retained his position as Minister of Agriculture until 1952. He left politics in 1958.

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Fonds consists of photographs and textual records pertaining to Tom Kennedy's activities as a soldier and while a Member of the Ontario Legislature.

Photographs include portraits and depict Kennedy at various public events with friends, colleagues and members of the public. Included are photos of George Drew and Leslie Frost.

Fonds includes an album of photographs, mainly containing publicity shots taken by W.D. Tolton of the Extension Department of the Ontario Agricultural College during a tour by Kennedy to the "Clay Belt" area of Ontario. Areas depicted include New Liskeard, Fraser Beach, Engleheart, Heaslip, Schumacher, Matheson, Lac Ste. Therese, Skillington, Porquois Junction, Kapuskasing and Hearst. Subjects of these photos are chiefly fields and farm buildings, experimental farms near New Liskeard and Kapuskasing, a hydroelectric dam at Smooth Rock falls, a sawmill, a trading post near Lac Ste. Therese, and two French Canadian families experiencing economic hardship.

Fonds also includes textual material, primarily dealing with Kennedy's role as Member of the Ontario Legislature. These records include correspondence regarding constituency matters; various speeches, statistics and reports regarding agriculture; personal diaries and scrapbooks.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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Records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from Mrs. Leslie Hughes of Milton, Ontario in 1977 and from Bruce Gordon in 2011.


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For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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Title based on contents of fonds. Textual material can be found under MU 7111, 7112 and 7113

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Rev. Apr/12.

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