John Diefenbaker Biography

John George Diefenbaker PC, CH, QC was the 13th Prime Minister of Canada, serving from June 21, 1957, to April 22, 1963. He was the only Progressive Conservative party leader between 1930 and 1979 to lead the party to an election victory, doing so three times, although only once with a majority of seats in the Canadian House of Commons.

Diefenbaker was born in southwestern Ontario in 1895. In 1903, his family migrated west to the portion of the North-West Territories which would shortly thereafter become the province of Saskatchewan. He grew up in the province, and was interested in politics from a young age. After brief service in World War I, Diefenbaker became a lawyer. He contested elections through the 1920s and 1930s with little success until he was finally elected to the House of Commons in 1940.

In the House of Commons, Diefenbaker was repeatedly a candidate for the PC leadership. He gained that party position in 1956, on his third attempt. In 1957, he led the Tories to their first electoral victory in 27 years; a year later he called a snap election and spearheaded them to one of their greatest triumphs. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John Diefenbaker
Nationality:
Canada
Profession:
Lawyer, Soldier
Religion:
Baptists
Date of Birth:
September 18, 1895
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
August 16, 1979
Age at Death:
83
Marriages
  • 1953-12-08
    Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada
John Diefenbaker Timeline
  • 1959-02-20
    The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
  • 1959-06-03
    Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker message off the Moon
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