Robert Charles Matthews

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The Hon.
Robert Charles Matthews
Robert Charles Matthews photograph.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Toronto East Centre
In office
1926–1935
Preceded by Edmund Bristol
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1933
Personal details
Born (1871-06-14)June 14, 1871
Lindsay, Ontario
Died September 19, 1952(1952-09-19) (aged 81)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Trinity College, University of Toronto. Harvard University, Boston
Cabinet Minister of National Revenue (1933-1935)

Robert Charles Matthews, PC (June 14, 1871 – September 19, 1952) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Lindsay, Ontario, Matthews came from a background where public service to others was lauded as a worthy pursuit.

The Honourable Robert Charles Matthews received his B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Further business studies took Matthews to Harvard University, Boston from which he graduated in 1902. He was the second President (1910) of the Harvard Club in Toronto, which he helped to co-found in 1904.[1] After many years in the investment and banking sectors, Matthews turned his hand to politics. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Toronto East Centre in the 1926 Canadian federal election as a Conservative under the Cabinet of W. L. Mackenzie King. Re-elected in the 1930 Canadian federal election under the cabinet of R. B. Bennett, from December 1933 to August 1935, Matthews was the Minister of National Revenue. He was asked to continue for a second term but declined due to health concerns. In addition Matthews was appointed a member of The Queen's Privy Council, December 1933. He was the 1936 President of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Matthews enjoyed nautical pursuits and supporting Canadian cricket in both Canada and England. He singularily sponsored the Canadian Cricket Association's 1936 tour of England. [2]

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