Arthur L. Thurlow

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Arthur L. Thurlow
MLA for Lunenburg County
In office
Preceded by Frank R. Davis
Succeeded by Harley J. Spence
R. Clifford Levy
Personal details
Born (1913-05-05) May 5, 1913 (age 105)
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Occupation judge

Arthur Louis Thurlow (born May 5, 1913) is a Canadian politician and judge. He represented the electoral district of Lunenburg County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1949 to 1953. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Thurlow was born in 1913 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, son of Maude (Kinley) and Charles Thurlow.[2][3] He was educated at Dalhousie University, and was a lawyer by career.[3] He married Mabel R. Maxwell in 1941.[3]

Political career[edit]

Thurlow entered provincial politics in 1949, when he was elected in the dual-member Lunenburg County riding with Liberal Gordon E. Romkey.[4] In the 1953 election, Thurlow and Rompkey were both defeated, losing the riding to Progressive Conservative's Harley J. Spence and R. Clifford Levy.[5]


Thurlow was appointed a judge in 1956, serving from 1956 to 1971 as puisne judge of the Exchequer Court of Canada, from 1971 to 1975 as judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, from December 4, 1975 to January 3, 1980 as associate chief justice of the Federal Court of Canada.[3] On January 4, 1980, Thurlow was appointed chief justice of the Federal Court of Canada,[6] serving until his retirement on May 5, 1988.[7]

Later life[edit]

Thurlow was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in April 1992.[8] Thurlow celebrated his 100th birthday in May 2013.[9]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Lunenburg County" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  2. ^ Historical Vital Statistics Nova Scotia Archives
  3. ^ a b c d Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory (PDF). Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 216. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1949" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 50. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1953" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 51. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Jerome is appointed to bench". The Globe and Mail. January 5, 1980. 
  7. ^ "Former Judges and Prothonotaries". Federal Court of Canada. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  8. ^ "Order of Canada citation". Office of the Governor General. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  9. ^ "Grapevine: Arthur Louis Thurlow 100th birthday". Hearsay Magazine. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University (2013-2014): 56. 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-21.