Roland Fairbairn McWilliams
|Roland Fairbairn McWilliams|
|13th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba|
November 1, 1940 – August 1, 1953
|Governor General||The Earl of Athlone
The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Douglas Lloyd Campbell
|Preceded by||William Johnston Tupper|
|Succeeded by||John Stewart McDiarmid|
October 10, 1874|
|Died||December 10, 1957
|Political party||Ontario Liberal Party|
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
McWilliams was born in Peterborough, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1896, and started his Bachelor of Laws degree at Osgoode Hall the following year. He subsequently worked as a barrister and solicitor. He campaigned for the Ontario Liberal Party in the 1905 provincial election, but was defeated.
McWilliams was also a leading organizer within the Young Men's Christian Association, serving as its North American Vice President in 1923 and 1924, and as its Canadian leader from 1922 to 1929. He also served as the leader of Winnipeg's Town Planning Institute from 1925 to 1929. He visited Russia in 1926, and later wrote a book on the country's economic system under communism. He does not appear to have sought political office in Manitoba, though his wife Margaret was a respected Winnipeg municipal councillor for several years.
McWilliams was appointed as Manitoba's Lt. Governor on November 1, 1940, and held the position until August 1, 1953. The position was largely ceremonial. A strict temperance follower, McWilliams forbade the serving of alcohol at Government House for the entirely of his time in office. He died at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
McWilliams was also a champion rugby union player in his youth, and won the Dominion title with the University of Toronto Juniors in 1893.
- Manitoba Historical Society Roland Fairbairn McWilliams
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