Robert Irwin (politician)

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Robert Irwin
MLA for Shelburne County
In office
June 20, 1906 – June 25, 1925
Serving with Moses H. Nickerson, Smith Nickerson, Maurice Nickerson, Frank E. Smith, Ernest Howard Armstrong
Preceded by Thomas Johnston
George A. Cox
Thomas Robertson
Moses H. Nickerson
Succeeded by Ernest Reginald Nickerson
Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
January 31, 1917 – June 25, 1925
Preceded by James F. Ellis
Succeeded by Albert Parsons
17th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
April 7, 1937 – May 31, 1940
Monarch George VI
Governor General The Lord Tweedsmuir
The Earl of Athlone
Premier Angus Lewis Macdonald
Preceded by Walter Harold Covert
Succeeded by Frederick Francis Mathers
Personal details
Born January 17, 1865
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Died December 7, 1941(1941-12-07) (aged 76)
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Residence Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Occupation salesman

Robert Irwin (January 17, 1865 – December 7, 1941) was a merchant and political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada, and father of Robert Grandy and Prescott St. Clair. He represented Shelburne County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1906 to 1925 as a Liberal member. Irwin was the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1937 to 1940.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, the son of Robert Gore Irwin and Isabel Archer, and was educated there. Irwin worked for fifteen years as a travelling salesman before establishing a lumber and dry goods business at Shelburne. In 1894, he married Mary Prescott McGill. Irwin was speaker for the provincial assembly from 1917 to 1925. He died in Shelburne. His brother Harry Irwin was Hawaii Attorney General and a judge in Hawaii. His brother Fred was a physician and surgeon in Hawaii. They also had a brother named Archer.