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Albert Edward Matthews

Albert Edward Matthews
16th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
In office
November 23, 1937 – December 26, 1946
Monarch George VI
Governor General The Lord Tweedsmuir
The Earl of Athlone
The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Premier Mitchell Hepburn
Gordon Daniel Conant
Harry Nixon
George A. Drew
Preceded by Herbert Alexander Bruce
Succeeded by Ray Lawson
Personal details
Born (1873-05-17)May 17, 1873
Lindsay, Ontario
Died December 26, 1949(1949-12-26) (aged 76)
Windermere, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Children Bruce Matthews
Profession investment broker
Religion Baptist

Albert Edward Matthews (May 17, 1873 – December 16, 1949) was the 16th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Matthews was born in Lindsay, Ontario. He worked as an investment broker in Toronto and rose to the position of director of various companies. Matthews served as Ontario's 16th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1937 to 1946. He took office during the Great Depression while Mitchell Hepburn was Premier of Ontario. Hepburn had come to office promising to show austerity by curtailing the perks and privileges of, among others, the lieutenant-governor. Chorley Park, the grand official residence of the lieutenant-governor since 1915, was closed in the first year of Matthews' term and its contents auctioned off leaving him with a suite in the legislative buildings for official functions. As a result, Matthews did less official entertaining during his term in office at Queen's Park quarters than anticipated. He instead hosted Royals and other dignitaries at his Toronto estate.

Making many visits to churches, hospitals, military, civic, and government functions in his role as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Matthews brought a steady dignity to his service while in office. Highlights of his tenure include the August 18, 1938, opening with US President Queen Elizabeth. Matthews and Ontario Premier Mitchell Hepburn officially welcomed the King and Queen to Queen's Park, Toronto, on May 22, 1939.[2]

Matthews died in Windermere, Ontario, in 1949 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.[3]

In 1960, to commemorate his lifetime of service in the Baptist Church, the Matthews Memorial Tower was built at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario.[4]

World War II Major General and businessman Bruce Matthews was one of his sons and the other was Paul Matthews, a very successful Toronto stockbroker.[5]

References

  1. ^ Ontario Highway 137
  2. ^ "Lieutenant Governors since Confederation". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Toronto's Historical Plaques". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "McMaster University History". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "RCA Museum". 
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