Fonds F00943 - Charles Gavan Power fonds

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Charles Gavan Power fonds

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CA ON00239 F00943

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  • 1920-1968 (Creation)
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    Power, Charles Gavan

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25.8 m of textual records, ca. 100 photographs

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(1888-1968)

Biographical history

Charles Gavan Power (1888-1968) was born at Sillery, Québec. He attended Loyola College in Montreal where he specialized in history from 1899 to 1907. In 1907 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and went to Laval University where he studied law, graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1910. That same year he was called to the Quebec Bar and, soon afterwards, joined with Lucien Connor to form the legal firm of Connor and Power in Quebec City. During the FIrst World War Power served overseas in the Canadian Army as Captain and Major. When he returned to Canada in 1917 he became involved in organizational work for the Liberal Party in Quebec. He was nominated as a candidate in the riding of Quebec South and was first elected to the House of Commons in 1917. He was re-elected in the next nine federal elections.He continued to practice law and in Parliament became an authority on election law. In 1935 Prime Minister Mackenzie King named Power to the Cabinet as Minister of Pensions and National Health. In 1939 Power was appointed Postmaster General and in 1940 Minister of National Defence for Air. Less than two months later he was also named Associate Minister of National Defence. Power resigned from the Cabinet in 1944, during the "Conscription Crisis". He remained in the House of Commons, however, until 1955. Senator Power died at Quebec City in 1968.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda, notes, news clippings, scrapbooks and printed material related to Power's political and legal career. Includes minutes of the supervising Board of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and ministerial files collected as Minister of National Defence for Air. Also included is an indexed collection of press clippings containing both news items and editorials relating to the major political issues from 1935 to 1948.

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Gift of C.G. Power, John Meisel and the Department of National Defence - 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979. Locator 2150, Boxes 105 to 106 were donated through John Meisel.

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  • English

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2150V012F3 B3.8 015 I3F3 E9F3 E10

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None

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Public domain

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William Lyon Mackenzie King fonds

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No further accruals are expected

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Partial

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 19/06/2015.
Archivist(s): George Henderson, Ken Willmott

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  • Shelf: 2150
  • Shelf: V012
  • Shelf: F3 B3.8 015 I3
  • Shelf: F3 E9
  • Shelf: F3 E10