|17th Premier of Prince Edward Island|
May 20, 1930 – August 29, 1931
|Lieutenant Governor||Frank Richard Heartz
|Preceded by||Albert C. Saunders|
|Succeeded by||James D. Stewart|
August 15, 1935 – January 10, 1936
|Lieutenant Governor||George DesBrisay DeBlois|
|Preceded by||William J. P. MacMillan|
|Succeeded by||Thane A. Campbell|
February 10, 1874|
Tryon, Prince Edward Island
|Died||January 10, 1936
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
|Spouse(s)||Helena Esma Maude Mary Rogerson (m. 1899)|
|Relations||William C. Lea (father)|
|Children||Marion, Edith, Gordon, Chester, and Clifford|
|Residence||Victoria, Prince Edward Island|
|Occupation||farmer and livestock breeder|
|Cabinet||Minister of Agriculture (1919-1923)
Commissioner of Agriculture and Provincial Secretary-General (1927-1930)
Walter Maxfield Lea (February 10, 1874 – January 10, 1936) was a Prince Edward Island politician.
A farmer and livestock breeder by profession, Lea was born in Tryon, the son of William C. Lea and Annie Murphy. He was elected to the provincial House of Assembly in 1915 as a Liberal and became commissioner of agriculture in 1919. In 1930 Lea became premier when his predecessor was appointed to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island but the Great Depression took a toll on the government's popularity and he lost the election the next year to the rival Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island.
Lea rebuilt the party while in opposition and in 1935 the Liberals won all 30 seats in the legislature, the first time such a thing had ever happened in the British Empire. Lea had been ill during the campaign, however, and died in office at the Prince Edward Island Hospital in Charlottetown on January 10, 1936.
- "Walter Maxfield Lea". Premier's Gallery. Government of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 2009-06-17.