Kenneth McNaught

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Kenneth William McNaught
Born(1918-11-10)November 10, 1918
Toronto, Ontario
DiedJune 2, 1997(1997-06-02) (aged 78)
AwardsOrder of Canada

Kenneth William McNaught, OC (November 10, 1918 – June 2, 1997) was a Canadian historian. He is known for his 1959 biography of Co-operative Commonwealth Federation founder J. S. Woodsworth, A Prophet in Politics and 1982 The Pelican History of Canada.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he attended Upper Canada College before receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1941 from the University of Toronto. During World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. After the war, he received a Master of Arts degree in 1946 and a Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of Toronto.

From 1947 to 1959, he was a Professor of History at United College (now the University of Winnipeg). From 1959 to 1989, he was a professor of history at the University of Toronto. From 1959 to 1969, he was a contributing editor at Saturday Night.

In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his courage and integrity in defending academic freedom, and for his contributions in moving the country's political discourse beyond the classroom into the public domain".[1]


  • "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". Retrieved March 8, 2006.[permanent dead link]
  • "University of Toronto's The Bulletin, September 29, 1997 BC". Archived from the original on 2006-03-22. Retrieved March 8, 2006.