Thomas John Bentley

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Thomas John Bentley
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Swift Current
In office
1945 – 1949
Preceded by Roy Theodore Graham
Succeeded by Harry B. Whiteside
Personal details
Born May 3, 1891
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died June 2, 1983(1983-06-02) (aged 92)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Political party Cooperative Commonwealth Federation
Occupation agrologist, farmer, organizer

Thomas John Bentley (May 3, 1891 – June 2, 1983) was a Canadian politician, agrologist, farmer and organizer.[1]

The son of Wells Bentley and Annie Brown, he was educated in Nova Scotia. Bentley went on to work as a logger and in railway construction. He married Lenora Rachel Chabot. He served overseas in the 66th Battalion, Edmonton Guards of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I, transferring to the 49th Battalion, Alberta Regiment, he was wounded in the head on 26th December 1916 at Neuville St. Vaast. Recovered, he went on to receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He received a commission as a Lieutenant on 22nd November 1918. After his return to Canada in 1919, he moved to the Preeceville, Saskatchewan area, where he farmed. From 1926 to 1944, Bentley worked for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.[2]

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1945 as a Member of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation to represent the riding of Swift Current. After his defeat when he ran for reelection in 1949, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan that same year as a member of the Saskatchewan Cooperative Commonwealth Federation to represent the electoral district of Gull Lake. During this term, he served concurrently as the Minister of Public Health and the Minister in charge of the Health Services Planning Commission. He was re-elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1952 to represent Shaunavon and appointed Minister of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in 1956.[1]

After leaving politics in 1960, Bentley served two years on a medicare advisory committee headed by Walter P. Thompson. He then moved to Saskatoon and later Vancouver, British Columbia, where he later died at the age of 92.[2]

Currently his Great Great Nephew Graham Sucha serves as the MLA for Calgary Shaw with the Alberta NDP.


  1. ^ a b Thomas John Bentley – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b "T.J. Bentley fonds". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2012-06-07.