Muriel McQueen Fergusson

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The Honourable
Muriel McQueen Fergusson
Senator for Fredericton, New Brunswick
In office
Appointed by Louis St. Laurent
Personal details
Born (1899-05-26)May 26, 1899
Shediac, New Brunswick
Died April 11, 1997(1997-04-11) (aged 97)
Political party Liberal

Muriel McQueen Fergusson, PC OC QC (May 26, 1899 – April 11, 1997) was a Canadian Senator and the first woman Speaker of the Senate.

Born in Shediac, New Brunswick, she graduated from Mount Allison University in 1921 with a B.A..[1]

She was the first woman elected, in 1950, to the Fredericton City Council as a city councillor and was the first woman deputy mayor in 1953.[1]

She was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1953 and was the first woman Speaker of the Senate from 1972 to 1974. She retired in 1975.[1]

In 1974, she was sworn to the Privy Council. In 1976 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Speakers of the Senate". Parliament of Canada. 

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