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James Roos Breithaupt fonds
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- Breithaupt, James Roos
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3.05 m of textual records
30 photographs : b&w, col.
1 audio cassette
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James Roos Breithaupt (1934 - ) was a lawyer and a Liberal politician who served in the Ontario legislature between 1967 and 1985.
Breithaupt was born on September 7, 1934 in Kitchener, Ontario to Major Rudolph A. Breithaupt and Marion Roos. He was educated at Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University), University of Toronto, and Osgood Hall law School. In 1962 he was called to the Ontario bar.
In 1967 Breithaupt was elected to the Ontario Legislature as the Liberal member for Kitchener, defeating New Democratic Party candidate Morley Rosenberg by sixty-one votes. He was re-elected in 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1981. He was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1968 to 1975, after which he became the House Leader for the Liberal Opposition. In 1985 Breithaupt retired from politics and was appointed chairman of the Ontario Law Reform Commission.
For decades, Breithaupt has had a strong connection to Wilfrid Laurier University. From 1952 to 1954 he was a student at Waterloo Lutheran University. He was a part-time faculty member from 1962 to 1967, and again from 1978 to 1981. He joined the Board of Governors in 1967, and was part of the committee that selected Wilfrid Laurier University as the new name in 1973. In 2006 James Roos Breithaupt received an honorary degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.