Gordon Daniel Conant

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Gordon Daniel Conant
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12th Premier of Ontario
In office
October 21, 1942 – May 18, 1943
Monarch George VI
Lieutenant Governor Albert E. Matthews
Preceded by Mitchell Hepburn
Succeeded by Harry Nixon
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Ontario
In office
October 6, 1937 – June 30, 1943
Preceded by William Edmund Newton Sinclair
Succeeded by Arthur Henry Williams
Attorney General of Ontario
In office
October 12, 1937 – May 18, 1943
Preceded by Arthur Roebuck
Succeeded by Eric William Blake Cross
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party (interim)
In office
1942–1943
Preceded by Mitchell Hepburn
Succeeded by Harry Nixon
Personal details
Born (1885-01-11)January 11, 1885
Cedar Dale, East Whitby Township, Ontario
Died January 2, 1953(1953-01-02) (aged 67)
Oshawa, Ontario
Political party Ontario Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Toronto
Profession Lawyer
Religion United Church

Gordon Daniel Conant, KC (January 11, 1885 – January 2, 1953) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and the 12th Premier of Ontario.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cedar Dale, East Whitby Township (now part of the City of Oshawa) in Ontario, he was educated at the University of Toronto and called to the Ontario Bar in 1912. He practiced law in Oshawa. In 1933, he was made a King's Counsel.

Municipal politics[edit]

In 1914, he was Deputy Reeve of Oshawa and Reeve in 1915. In 1916 and 1917, he was the Mayor of Oshawa. In 1934, he became Crown Attorney for Ontario County.

Provincial politics[edit]

In 1937 elections, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the electoral district of Ontario. A Liberal, he was appointed Attorney-General of Ontario in 1937 in the government of Mitchell Hepburn.

Hepburn resigned suddenly, in October 1942, after a long series of erratic acts and especially due to his feud with Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King that split Hepburn's cabinet and threatened the unity of his party. Hepburn announced that he was remaining leader of the party and Conant was selected as the new Premier by the Lieutenant Governor. The party, led by King's supporters, demanded a leadership convention and Conant and Hepburn were forced to acquiesce resulting in the election of Harry Nixon as the new Liberal leader, who was thus appointed Premier in May 1943.

Later life[edit]

From 1943 to 1951, he was a Master of the Supreme Court of Ontario. In 1944, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Toronto. "Conant Street" in the Cedardale area of Oshawa is named for him, as was an elementary school (now closed). Two other streets in the same neighborhood were also named after him, "Gordon Street" and "Daniel Street"

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mitchell Hepburn
Premier of Ontario
1942–1943
Succeeded by
Harry Nixon
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mitchell Hepburn
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
1942–1943 (interim)
Succeeded by
Harry Nixon