Fonds S707 - William Daum Euler fonds

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William Daum Euler fonds

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  • 1926 - 1940 (Creation)
    Euler, William Daum

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25 cm of textual records
20 photographs : b&w

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The Hon. William Daum Euler (1875-1961) was mayor of Berlin (now Kitchener), a federal politician and senator, and the first Chancellor of Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University). Euler was born to German immigrants in Conestogo, Waterloo County. After attending Berlin High School from 1891-1893, Euler began teaching at Suddaby Public School in Kitchener before he founded the Euler Business College. From 1914-1917, Euler served as mayor of Berlin (now Kitchener) and also acted as president of the Kitchener Board of Trade in 1917. Also in 1917, Euler was elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal MP, representing the riding of North Waterloo. He would remain in the House of Commons until 1940, also serving as a Member of the Privy Council (1926), Minister of Customs and Excise (1926-1927), Minister of National Revenue (1927-1930), and Minister of Trade and Commerce (1935-1940). In 1940, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King appointed Euler to the Senate, a position he would hold until his death in July 1961. As a Senator, Euler waged a campaign to eliminate the ban on margarine in Canada. He was also the president of the Economical Mutual Insurance Company. In May 1961, just two months before his death, Euler became the first Chancellor of Waterloo Lutheran University.

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The fonds contains correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, articles, and other material created and accumulated by William Daum Euler throughout his political career.

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  • Shelf: Room 1-124 Shelf 16-1-5