John Smith, M.P fonds, 1930, 1949-1950, 1954, 1957-1962, n.d.
|dc.description||John Smith (1894-1977), son of Daniel Smith and Annie Douglas was a native of Scotland, immigrating to Canada in 1913. He first worked as a coach builder, then as a carpenter, finally developing his own contracting business. During WWI he served overseas with the 10th Battery, RCA as a sergeant. In 1924 Smith married Jean Wood, and together they had a daughter Irene (Hugh Langley). Smith first entered politics in 1940 serving as an alderman for the next 11 years. In 1954 he was elected mayor of the city of St. Catharines, and was twice returned to office by acclamation, serving until 1957 when he successfully ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate representing Lincoln County in the federal election. He won the election by a 10 000 vote majority. He served his constituents in Ottawa until he was defeated in the 1962 election. After leaving politics Mr. Smith was active in his community. He spearheaded the establishment of the St. Catharines Museum, and then was appointed its first director in 1966, serving in that capacity until 1972. He was an active member of the board of governors of the St. Catharines General Hospital and a life member and former president of the Lincoln County Humane Society. In 1971 he was voted Citizen of the Year for the city of St. Catharines. John Smith died on February 8, 1977 and was buried at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. Source: The St. Catharines Standard, February 9, 1977, page 1||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||This archive contains materials relating to John Smith, M.P. for Lincoln County. The bulk of the materials are correspondence, personal and professional. Several items of correspondence are signed by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. The materials have been kept in original order, except where noted.||en_US|
|dc.subject||St. Catharines -- Politics and government||en_US|
|dc.subject||Diefenbaker, John G.||en_US|
|dc.subject||Municipal government -- Ontario -- St. Catharines -- Sources||en_US|
|dc.subject||Local government -- Ontario -- St. Catharines||en_US|
|dc.subject||Federal government - Canada||en_US|
|dc.subject||Politicians -- Ontario -- St. Catharines||en_US|
|dc.subject||Businessmen -- Ontario -- St. Catharines||en_US|
|dc.subject||St. Catharines (Ont.) -- Biography||en_US|
|dc.title||John Smith, M.P fonds, 1930, 1949-1950, 1954, 1957-1962, n.d.||en_US|
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