|Description: Obituary printed in the Globe & Mail Feb. 16, 1959 about Thomas Laird Kennedy (1878-1959). It describes his love for the land as a farmer and his life of service as a politician. Kennedy served as Minister of Agriculture from 1931-33 and from 1943-53 and briefly as Acting Premier of Ontario. |
Thomas Kennedy was born in Dixie, Toronto Township, in 1878 on his familyís ancestral homestead; the first Kennedy settled there in 1804. Kennedy entered local politics at an early age, serving as a local school trustee and then in the local municipal council before going overseas to serve his country during World War I. Soon after returning, Kennedy entered provincial politics and was elected a member of the Ontario Legislature in 1919. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture in 1930 and again in 1943, and filled the role of Premier of Ontario for seven months in 1948. He continued as Minister of Agriculture during his premiership and only resigned from that position in 1953. He continued to be active in Peel politics until he retired on his 80th birthday in 1958. Seven months later, the Honourable Colonel Thomas Laird Kennedy died. He is buried at St. Johnís Anglican Church Cemetery in Dixie near his ancestral home. T.L.Kennedy Secondary School in Cooksville bears testimony to his distinguished career and the service he provided to Peel, Ontario and Canada.
The item is part of a box of original papers, letters, transcripts and research notes complied and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers.