Bennett, Richard Bedford

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Bennett, Richard Bedford

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Richard Bedford Bennett was born in Hopewell Hill, NB on July 3, 1870. He came to Dal at age 20 after teaching school since he was 17. During law school he was Prime Minister in Dalhousie Mock Parliament (1892) and worked during law school at the Weldon Library as a library assistant. He also was a manager of the Dalhousie Gazette in 1891-1892. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1893, and worked as an apprentice lawyer in Chatham, NB. He then moved out to Calgary where his career in politics began (Conservative Party). In 1930 he became the Prime Minister of Canada, during the years of the Great Depression. He was defeated in 1935 but stayed on as the Conservative party leader until 1938. After his time in Canadian politics he moved to England where he was made a Viscount. He passed away in England in 1947. Bennett was instrumental in getting Mrs. Jennie Sheriff Eddy to donate money to build a new residence at Dal, in 1920 Jennie Sheriff donated $300,000 for the new Sheriff Hall, the largest single gift Dal had received, and the largest gift by a woman in Canada at the time


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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Law (1883-)

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Richard Bedford (R.B.) Bennett graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1893, and became the Prime Minister of Canada in 1930

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