Duncan Kenneth MacTavish
Duncan Kenneth MacTavish (August 3, 1899 – November 15, 1963) was a Canadian Senator.
MacTavish was a millionaire and one of Canada's leading corporate lawyers. He was a chief Liberal Party strategist and fundraiser and was an advisor to three Liberal Prime Ministers - William Lyon Mackenzie King, Louis St. Laurent and Lester Pearson and had also known Sir Wilfrid Laurier, a friend of his father, as a youth.
His father was Judge Duncan Byron MacTavish. He was educated in Ottawa and at Queen's University and Osgoode Hall Law School before being admitted to the bar in 1926. In 1940, he married Janet Southam, daughter of Ottawa Citizen publisher Harry Stevenson Southam and a member of the Southam family.
He was president of the National Liberal Federation from 1952 to 1958 and had been a top Liberal campaign strategist for nearly 40 years at the time of his death. He was killed in an automobile collision on the Queen Elizabeth Way when returning home from the opening of the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
In the early 1950s he served as chairman of the Federal District Commission (the precursor of the National Capital Commission) which was responsible for creating what became the National Capital Region.
- "Still Seek Reason for Crash in which Senator MacTavish Died", Globe and Mail, November 18, 1963
- "Senator MacTavish in politics 40 years", Toronto Star, November 16, 1963
- "Senator, 4 others killed". Toronto Star. November 16, 1963. p. 1.
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