Leighton Goldie McCarthy
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Simcoe North
|Preceded by||Dalton McCarthy|
|Succeeded by||John Allister Currie|
December 15, 1869|
|Died||October 3, 1952
|Political party||Independent 1898-1908
|Relations||Dalton McCarthy - father|
|Residence||Toronto (1932-41, 1944-1952)
Washington DC 1941-1944
Born in Walkerton, Ontario and called to the Ontario Bar in 1892 before he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1898 as an Independent (McCarthyite candidates 1896) representing the riding of Simcoe North. He was re-elected in 1900 and 1904. He was defeated in 1911 when he ran as a Liberal.
He was President of the Canada Life Assurance Company. In 1941, he was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. From 1941 to 1944, he was the first Canadian ambassador to the United States (before the position was called Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary). McCarthy was a lawyer before and after this political and diplomatic appointment but ended his practice in 1946.
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