Gordon Peter Campbell
Gordon Peter Campbell (October 3, 1898 – January 16, 1964) was a Canadian Senator, lawyer and businessman.
A lawyer by profession, he was senior partner at the Toronto firm of Campbell, Godfrey and Lewtas.
Campbell was born in Ridgetown, Ontario. As a youth, he earned pocket money by working in the general store and operating a dance hall with friends that, on one occasion, featured a young Guy Lombardo conducting the orchestra.
He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1923 and became a junior partner in the Toronto firm of Arnoldi, Parry and Campbell. He initially focussed on litigation but later switched to corporate and taxation law.
He became particularly involved with maritime law and served as counsel to the Lake Shipping Association and the East Elevators Association. He was one of the first proponents of offshore radio, and recommended that commercial radio stations be established off the coasts of Canada.
In the 1930s, he played a role in the drafting of the Canada Shipping Act of 1934, Canada's first attempt to regulate the shipping industry which had previously been regulated by laws inherited from Britain.
Campbell was appointed to the Senate by William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1943 and sat in the chamber as a Liberal until his death at the age of 65.
- "Helped Draft Shipping Act, Senator Campbell Dies", Globe and Mail, January 17, 1964
- "Sen. Peter Campbell, Toronto lawyers", Toronto Star, January 16, 1964