Walter Russell Shaw

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Walter Russell Shaw
22nd Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
September 16, 1959 – July 28, 1966
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Frederick W. Hyndman
Willibald J. MacDonald
Preceded by Alexander Wallace Matheson
Succeeded by Alex Campbell
Personal details
Born (1887-12-20)December 20, 1887
West River, Prince Edward Island
Died May 29, 1981(1981-05-29) (aged 93)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Margaret MacKenzie (m. 1921)
Children Margaret Eileen, Norma Katherine, and Walter Maynard
Residence West River, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater Prince of Wales College
Nova Scotia Agricultural College
University of Toronto
Occupation livestock held worker, livestock supervisor, farmer, and civil servant
Profession Politician
Cabinet Deputy Minister of Agriculture (1934-1954)
Religion United Church of Canada

Walter Russell Shaw, OC (December 20, 1887 – May 29, 1981) was a Prince Edward Island politician.

A native of West River, Shaw was educated at Prince of Wales College, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the University of Toronto. On his return to Prince Edward Island, he farmed for several years, becoming a noted livestock breeder. Shaw worked as a civil servant in the provincial department of agriculture from 1934 to 1954, rising to the position of deputy minister. He also helped found the PEI Federation of Agriculture serving as its first general secretary. He entered politics in 1957 when he was chosen leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. He led the party to victory in the 1959 election becoming the 22nd Premier at the age of 71.

The Shaw government supported the expansion of the province's food processing industry, instituted a regional system of high schools and revamped the employment system and pay scale for the civil service. Despite its support for the farming industry, Shaw's government failed to reverse the decline in the number of family farms and was unable to successfully diversify the economy. His government was defeated by the Liberal Party in 1966 though Shaw remained in the legislature as leader of the opposition until 1970 when he retired at the age of 82.

In 1971, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1] Shaw was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1980.[2]


  1. ^ Order of Canada citation
  2. ^ "Dr. Walter Russell Shaw (1887 - 1981)". Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-09-17.