Thane Campbell

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The Honourable
Thane Campbell
Thane Campbell.jpg
19th Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
January 14, 1936 – May 11, 1943
Monarch George V
Edward VIII
George VI
Lieutenant Governor George DesBrisay DeBlois
Bradford W. LePage
Preceded by Walter Lea
Succeeded by John Walter Jones
Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party
In office
January 14, 1936 – May 11, 1943
Preceded by Walter Lea
Succeeded by John Walter Jones
MLA (Councillor) for 1st Prince
In office
August 6, 1931 – May 11, 1943
Preceded by Robert H. Gordon
Succeeded by Joseph A. Bernard
Personal details
Born (1895-07-07)July 7, 1895
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Died September 28, 1978(1978-09-28) (aged 83)
Ottawa, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Cecilia Bradshaw
Children 4, including Alex
Residence Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater
Occupation lawyer and judge
Profession Politician
Cabinet Attorney General (1930–1931)
Attorney and Advocate General (1935–1936)

Thane Alexander Campbell, CC (July 7, 1895 – September 28, 1978) was a Prince Edward Island politician and jurist, who served as the 19th Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1936 to 1943.

Early life[edit]

Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the son of Alexander and Clara (Muttart) Campbell, Campbell was educated at Summerside Public School and Prince of Wales College. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Dunstan's University and Master of Arts from Dalhousie University. A Rhodes Scholar, he received a Master of Arts degree from Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Returning to PEI in 1922, he read law with A. C. Saunders in Summerside.[1]


Campbell first ran for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in a 1930 by-election as the Liberal candidate in 2nd Prince but lost. In 1930, he was appointed Attorney General of Prince Edward Island. He was elected for 1st Prince in 1931 and re-elected in 1935 and was appointed Attorney and Advocate General in Premier Walter Lea's cabinet.[1]

When Premier Lea died in 1936, Campbell succeeded him. Campbell's government organised the provincial police, passed the province's first law governing the public service and established a national park. With the beginning of World War II, Campbell's government committed itself to organising the province for the war effort.

Judicial career[edit]

In 1943, Campbell left politics to become Chief Justice on the island's Supreme Court and, in 1970, became head of the Foreign Claims Commission. While Chief Justice he saw his son, Alexander B. Campbell, sworn in as premier in 1966.[1]


A curler, he joined the Summerside Curling Club in 1928. He was President of the PEI Curling Association in 1936. He served as President of the Dominion Curling Association from 1941 to 1942. In 2007, he was posthumously inducted into the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame and Museum.[2] In 1974, he was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in the builder category.[3]


In 1973 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.[4]

Family life[edit]

He married Cecilia Bradshaw (1906–1968) on 28 February 1930. They had four children: Virginia; Alex; Harriet; and J. Melville.[1]