Lawrence Pennell

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The Honourable
Lawrence T. Pennell
Member of Parliament
for Brant—Haldimand
In office
September 27, 1962 – April 4, 1968
Preceded by John A. Charlton
Minister Without Portfolio
In office
July 7, 1965 – September 30, 1966
Solicitor General of Canada
In office
July 7, 1965 – April 19, 1968
Preceded by John Watson MacNaught
Succeeded by John Turner
Judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario
In office
Chancellor of McMaster University
In office
Preceded by Argue Martin
Succeeded by Allan Leal
Personal details
Born (1915-03-11) March 11, 1915 (age 99)
Brantford, Ontario
Died August 9, 2008(2008-08-09) (aged 93)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Anne Andrews
Profession Lawyer

Lawrence T. Pennell, PC, QC (March 15, 1914 – August 9, 2008) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and jurist.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brantford, Ontario, the youngest of six children of English immigrants John and Agnes Pennell, Pennell grew up on a farm near Smithville, Ontario. After graduating from Smithville High School, he worked at Dofasco for two years before attending McMaster University where he majored in political science and economics. After graduating in 1938, he studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He married Anne Andrews, a registered nurse, in 1943.[1]

During World War II, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force first as an instructor at the British Commonwealth Air Training Program in Edmonton and then hunting for submarines in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, based in Scotland, and in the west coast of Africa. After the war, he was called to the Ontario Bar and practiced law in Brantford.[1]


Pennell was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as Liberal Member of Parliament for Brant—Haldimand in the 1962 election. From 1964 to 1965, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. In 1965, he was appointed to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Lester Pearson as Solicitor-General of Canada. He retired from politics in April 1968 and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario where he served until 1985.

After retiring, he served on the Ontario Mental Health Review Board and on an Ontario commission of inquiry on municipal government. In 1946, he co-founded the Brantford Red Sox baseball team.[2]

From 1971 to 1977, he was Chancellor of McMaster University.


  1. ^ a b Gay Abbate (September 13, 2008). "Larry Pennell, 93: Politician and Jurist". Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Larry Pennell a star who helped shape Canada". 

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