Lawrence T. Pennell
|Member of Parliament
September 27, 1962 – April 4, 1968
|Preceded by||John A. Charlton|
|Minister Without Portfolio|
July 7, 1965 – September 30, 1966
|Solicitor General of Canada|
July 7, 1965 – April 19, 1968
|Preceded by||John Watson MacNaught|
|Succeeded by||John Turner|
|Judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario|
|Chancellor of McMaster University|
|Preceded by||Argue Martin|
|Succeeded by||Allan Leal|
March 11, 1915 |
|Died||August 9, 2008(aged 93)|
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.
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.
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.
From 1971 to 1977, he was Chancellor of McMaster University.