Arthur White (Canadian politician)

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Arthur White
Member of Parliament
for Waterloo South
In office
1953 – 1957
Preceded by Howie Meeker
Succeeded by William Anderson
Personal details
Born October 10, 1907
East Zorra Township
Died July 9, 1973(1973-07-09) (aged 65)
Cambridge, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Mary D. Rattray (m. 1938)[1]
Profession lawyer

Arthur Walter Adams White (October 10, 1907 – July 9, 1973) was a Canadian lawyer and politician.

White was born in East Zorra Township to James and Floria White (née Adams). His parents had emigrated from England in 1903 and moved to Galt (now Cambridge, Ontario) in 1908, when Arthur was a year old. Arthur White attended the Galt Collegiate Institute and St. Michael's College School in Toronto. He went on to earn a B.A. from the University of Toronto and obtained a law degree from Osgoode Hall in 1938.

White established a legal practice in Galt in 1939, and became involved in civic life. In the 1953 federal election, he was elected under the Liberal Party of Canada banner to represent the riding of Waterloo South. Defeated in the 1957 election, he returned to Galt politics and as a member of the Parks Board campaigned fiercely for Galt's 1959 purchase of the farm which is now Churchill Park.

Arthur White Street in Cambridge, Ontario is named for him.

Electoral Record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1957: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative William Anderson 11,699 47.38 +5.60
Liberal Arthur White 7,450 30.17 -3.54
Co-operative Commonwealth Theodore Isley 4,009 16.24 -2.39
Social Credit George Hancock 1,532 6.20 +0.32
Total valid votes 24,690 100.0
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.57
Canadian federal election, 1953: Waterloo South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Arthur White 9,058 41.78 +11.18
Progressive Conservative Robert Ross Barber 7,309 33.71 -8.53
Co-operative Commonwealth Peggy Geens 4,039 18.63 -8.53
Social Credit Jim Johannes 1,275 5.88
Total valid votes 21,681 100.0
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +9.86


  1. ^ Normandin, Pierre G. (1954). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 

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