Robert Mayhew

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Robert Mayhew
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Victoria
In office
1937–1953
Preceded by Simon Fraser Tolmie
Succeeded by Francis Fairey
Personal details
Born (1880-10-13)October 13, 1880
Cobden, Ontario
Died July 28, 1971(1971-07-28) (aged 90)
Political party Liberal
Profession businessman
Cabinet Minister of Fisheries (1948-1952)
Portfolio Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance (1945-1948)

Robert Wellington Mayhew, PC (October 13, 1880 – July 28, 1971) was a Canadian politician and diplomat.

Born in Cobden, Ontario, the son of Charles Mayhew and Sarah Dunlop Mayhew, he founded the Sidney Roofing and Paper Co. Ltd. in 1912 which became one of Victoria's largest businesses.[1]

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Victoria in a 1937 by-election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1940, 1945, and 1949. From 1945 to 1948, he was the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance. From 1948 to 1952, he was the Minister of Fisheries. From 1952 to 1954, he was the first Canadian Ambassador to Japan.[2]

In 1951, in San Francisco, along with the honorable M Pearson, he signed, on behalf of Canada, the Peace Treaty with Japan.

In 1966, he was awarded the City of Victoria's Freedom of the City, the highest award given by the city, for "eminent public service".[1]

He married Grace Logan in 1908 and had three children. His only daughter, Jean Edwards Mayhew, married to James Alexander Lawrason, died January 5, 2006 in Peterborough, Ontario.

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