Series 1 - C. Mortimer Bezeau papers

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C. Mortimer Bezeau papers

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  • 1911-1962 (Creation)
    Bezeau, C. Mortimer
  • 1911-1946 (Creation)
    King, William Lyon Mackenzie

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12 cm of textual records
1 map
1 photograph : b&w

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C. Mortimer Bezeau (1871-1964) was a politician in Kitchener, Ontario and a long-standing member of the Liberal Party. He held positions in local government in 1925-1926 and 1928, and was mayor of Kitchener from 1931-1932. Bezeau made many contributions to the 'Letter to the Editor' portions of The Globe and Mail regarding various political matters and opinions. Throughout William Lyon Mackenzie King's career the two men corresponded via typed or handwritten letters and exchanged gifts. C. Mortimer Bezeau died in 1964 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was Canada's longest serving Prime Minister with a total of 22 years (1921-1930 and 1935-1948). King was born in Berlin, Ontario (present day Kitchener) on December 17, 1874. He graduated from the University of Toronto and went on to study economics at Harvard and Chicago University. In 1900 King was named Canada's first Deputy Minister of Labour, and became Minister of Labour in 1909. In 1921 King was elected Prime Minster of Canada. King was a member of the Liberal Party of Parliament for over 30 years, 22 of those years were spent as Prime Minister of Canada. William Lyon Mackenzie King died on July 22, 1950 in Kingsmere, Quebec.

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The King / Bezeau papers were purchased by the Wilfrid Laurier University Library in 1974.

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This series contains correspondence between William Lyon Mackenzie King and C. Moritmer Bezeau. Also contains issues of The Dawn and The Sunset, newspapers produced in Kitchener, Ontario.

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The following items were transferred to the Rare Book collection:

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. The secret of heroism : a memoir of Henry Albert Harper. New York : F.H. Revell Co., 1906

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. Losses sustained by the Japanese population of Vancouver, B.C. on the occasion of the riots of that city in Sept., 1907 : report. Canada. Dept. of Labour. Ottawa : S.E. Dawson, Printer to the King, 1908.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. Industry and humanity : a study in the principles underlying industrial reconstruction. Toronto : Thomas Allen, 1918

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. The four parties to industry : address before the Empire Club of Canada at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto March 13th, 1919. Toronto : Hunter Rose, 1919

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. The Liberal Party and the tariff : a review of the 1924 budget proposals and principles underlying Liberal policy / by the Right Honourable W.L. Mackenzie King. A speech delivered to the leader of the opposition in the debate on the budget, House of Commons, May 15, 1924

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. The message of the carillon, and other addresses / by The Right Honourable W.L. MacKenzie King. Toronto : MacMillan, 1927.

King, William Lyon Mackenzie. Canada's foreign policy : statement of Canada's position with respect to External Affairs, House of Commons, Ottawa, May 24, 1938 / by W.L. Mackenzie King. Ottawa : J.O. Patenaude [for King's Printer], 1938.

Controlling the cost of living : the stabilization of prices and wages. Canada and the war. Broadcast by the Right Honourable W.L. Mackenzie King, M.P., Prime Minister of Canada, October 18, 1941. Ottawa : E. Cloutier, 1941

The defence of common liberties : an address to the pilgrims of the United States, New York, Dec. 2, 1942 / by W.L. Mackenzie King. Canada and the war. Ottawa : E. Cloutier, 1942

Canada and the war. Mackenzie King to the people of Canada, 1940. A series of radio broadcasts by Prime Minister Mackenzie King from Ottawa, February-March, 1940. Ottawa : National Liberal federation of Canada, 1940

Speakers’ handbook / National Liberal Committee. Ottawa : The Committee, 1921

The making of a premier : an outline of the life story of the Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King, C.M.G. / O.W. McGillicuddy. Toronto : Musson, 1922

Mackenzie King, the man : his achievements / John Lewis. Toronto : Morang, 1925

Liberal speakers’ handbook, 1930 / National Liberal Committee. Ottawa : The Committee, 1930

The Canadian. Vol. 2, no. 1, 1935; Vol. 2, no. 2, 1935

A lifetime of public service : a brief biographical sketch of Mackenzie King / Paul Martin. Ottawa : Mortimer, 1945

Mr. Mackenzie King’s public bequests : a commentary / Leonard W. Brockington. Ottawa : CBC National Network, 1950

The career of Mackenzie King / John A. Stevenson. Reprinted from The political quarterly, October-December 1950, Vol. XXI, no. 4

The Canadian liberal : Mackenzie King memorial edition, Vol. 3, no. 3, September 1950

Debates of the House of Commons of Canada : official report, Vol . LXVI, no. 2, September 9, 1930

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