Leighton McCarthy

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The Honourable
Leighton Goldie McCarthy
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Simcoe North
In office
Preceded by Dalton McCarthy
Succeeded by John Allister Currie
Personal details
Born (1869-12-15)December 15, 1869
Walkerton, Ontario
Died October 3, 1952(1952-10-03) (aged 82)
Political party Independent

Leighton Goldie McCarthy, PC (December 15, 1869 – October 3, 1952) was a Canadian politician and diplomat.

Born in Walkerton, Ontario, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1898 as an Independent (McCarthyite candidates 1896) representing the riding of Simcoe North. He was re-elected in 1900 and 1904. He was defeated in 1911 when he ran as a Liberal.

He was President of the Canada Life Assurance Company. In 1941, he was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. From 1941 to 1944, he was the first Canadian ambassador to the United States (before the position was called Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary).

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