Rupert Davies (Canadian politician)

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(William) Rupert Davies (12 September 1879 – 11 March 1967) was a Welsh-Canadian author, editor, newspaper publisher, and politician.

Davies was born in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales and immigrated to Canada in the late 1800s after his family's tailor business failed.[1] He later married Florence Sheppard McKay, who had immigrated from England. The Davies moved to Thamesville, then to Renfrew, Ontario and later to Kingston, Ontario.

Following a successful career as publisher of the Kingston Whig-Standard, Davies was appointed to the Senate on 19 November 1942 on the recommendation of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Sitting as a Liberal, he represented the senatorial division of Kingston, Ontario, a position he held until his death.

Later in life, in 1951, he was appointed to the ceremonial post of High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire in Wales.[2]

Davies was the father of author Robertson Davies, Arthur Davies and Fred Davies. He died in Toronto in 1967 while in office as Senator.


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