Robert MacGregor Dawson

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Robert MacGregor Dawson
Born (1895-03-01)March 1, 1895
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Died July 16, 1958(1958-07-16) (aged 63)
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Known for author of the 1947 textbook, The Government of Canada

Robert MacGregor Dawson (March 1, 1895 – July 16, 1958) was a Canadian political scientist and academic. He is best known as coauthor with Norman Ward of the 1947 textbook The Government of Canada.[1]

Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Dawson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1915 and a Master's degree in 1916 from Dalhousie University. During that time, he served locally with the 1st "Halifax" Regiment, Garrison Artillery. He received a A.M. degree from Harvard University and M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics.[2]

In 1921, he started teaching at Dalhousie University before leaving to teach at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. In 1928, he returned to Canada as head of the Political Science department at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1937, he started teaching at the University of Toronto. He left in 1951 to write a biography of Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King.[2]

In 1975, he was named a Person of National Historic Significance.[3]


  1. ^ "Robert MacGregor Dawson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b G. E. Wilson (May 1959). "Robert MacGregor Dawson, 1895-1958". The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science. Blackwell Publishing. 25 (2): 210–213. JSTOR 139067. 
  3. ^ "Citation". Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada.