Sidney Earle Smith
Sidney Earle Smith
|2nd President of the University of Manitoba|
|Preceded by||James Alexander MacLean|
|Succeeded by||Henry Percy Armes, acting|
|7th President of the University of Toronto|
|Preceded by||Henry John Cody|
|Succeeded by||Claude Bissell|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||George Stanley White|
|Succeeded by||Rod Webb|
March 9, 1897|
Port Hood Island, Nova Scotia
|Died||March 17, 1959
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Cabinet||Secretary of State for External Affairs (1957-1959)|
Born and raised on Nova Scotia's Port Hood Island, Smith grew up speaking both English and Gaelic. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of King's College, followed by an LL.B. from Dalhousie University. An excellent student, Smith became a lawyer and a professor of law, lecturing at Osgoode Hall and then at Dalhousie University. In 1929, he became dean of Dalhousie's law school. In 1934, he left the Maritimes to become president of the University of Manitoba. In 1945, he was appointed the president of the University of Toronto. He remained in that role for twelve years, overseeing a major period of the university's expansion.
A strong Conservative in the Red Tory tradition, Smith became a prominent member of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1956, he was considered a possibility for the party's leadership, but decided not to run, disappointing those in the party establishment who wished to prevent the populist John Diefenbaker from becoming leader.
After Diefenbaker won a surprise minority government in 1957, Smith was appointed as Secretary of State for External Affairs. Despite Smith's brilliance and popularity in academia, his success in this new role was limited. After holding the position for two years, he died suddenly of a stroke in 1959.
|Hastings—FrontenacCanadian federal by-election, 4 November 1957:|
|Progressive Conservative||SMITH, Sidney Earle||10,513|
|Labour||DOWSON, Ross Jewitt||266|
|Called upon Mr. White's appointment to the Senate, 20 August 1957.|
- Sidney Smith fonds, Library and Archives Canada
Martin Friedland, The University of Toronto: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.