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Borden and Canada’s One Hundred Dollar Bill

Image credit: Bank of Canada

Robert Laird Borden, a lawyer and politician, became Canada’s eighth Prime Minister in 1911 and was in office until 1920. He was elected as head of the Conservative Party in 1901. He was actually a member of three political parties – Liberal (1867-1891), Conservative (1891-1917, 1922-1937) and Unionist (1917-1922). Borden led Canada through World War I, supported conscription, a controversial issue at the time, and played a dominant role in the Treaty of Versailles.

Of all the prime ministers pictured on Canadian money, I am the least familiar with Robert Borden. However, my research for this post has piqued my interest enough to do some more reading about him, a biography, of course. (You know me – any excuse to visit the library.) But I will share some facts about his life that I found interesting:

  • born June 26, 1854; died June 10, 1937
  • appeared on the $100 bill in 1976; scheduled to be removed from Canadian currency
  • in 1915 he became the last Canadian prime minister to be knighted
  • three schools are named after him, two in Ontario and one in his home province of Nova Scotia
  • he married Laura Bond in 1889

He retired from politics in 1920 but remained active until his death in 1937. He was the Chancellor of Queen’s University (1924-1930),  vice-president of The Champlain Society (1923-1925) and president of Barclays Bank of Canada and the Crown Life Insurance Company.

Sources:

  1. Canadian one-hundred-dollar note
  2. Robert Borden
  3. Sir Robert Borden
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