Fonds F00862 - John Ross Matheson fonds

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John Ross Matheson fonds

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  • 1957-1994 (Creation)
    Matheson, John Ross

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12 m of textual records and other material

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John Ross Matheson was born in 1917 at Arundel, Quebec. He was educated at Queen's University, Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Western Ontario (B.A., L.L.M.). He served overseas from 1940 to 1944. After the war he established a law practice at Brockville, Ontario. In 1961 he was elected to the House of Commons for Leeds and was subsequently re-elected in 1962, 1963, and 1965. In 1964 he played a major role in the design and acceptance of the Maple Leaf Flag and from 1966 he served as parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister. On his defeat in the 1968 election he returned to his law practice and thereafter was appointed a judge in Carleton County Court, Ottawa. Judge Matheson passed away in Kingston on December 27 2013.

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Fonds consists of correspondence covering a broad array of topics; memoranda; speeches; subject files; diaries; scrapbooks; photographs; sound recordings of numerous speeches delivered over the years. Of particular interest is the prototype on cheese cloth (bunting), possibly used by Joan O'Malley to sew the first Canadian maple-leaf flag, which was presented to the Canadian Parliament by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Also includes the "Pearson Pennant."

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  • English

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MI 8
F5 B1

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  • Shelf: 2131
  • Shelf: SR95-SR96
  • Shelf: V016
  • Shelf: MI 8
  • Shelf: F5 B1
  • Shelf: MI 25