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Mitchell Hepburn

The Hon. Mitchell Frederick Hepburn
Personal data
Date of birthAugust 12, 1896
Place of birthYarmouth Township, Elgin County, Ontario
Date of deathJanuary 05, 1953(age 56)
Place of deathSt. Thomas, Ontario
Political partyOntario Liberal Party
SpouseEva Burton
ReligionUnited Church
11th Premier of Ontario
In officeJuly 10, 1934 - October 21, 1942
Succeeded byGordon Daniel Conant
Preceded byGeorge Stewart Henry

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Mitchell Frederick Hepburn (August 12, 1896 January 5, 1953) was the 11th Premier of Ontario, Canada, from 1934 to 1942. He was the youngest Premier in Ontario history, appointed at age 37.

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Hepburn attended school in Elgin County and hoped to become a lawyer. His educational career ended abruptly, however, when someone threw an apple at visiting dignitary Sir Adam Beck knocking his silk top hat off of his head. Hepburn was accused of the deed, denied it, but refused to identify the culprit. Refusing to apologise he walked out of his high school and obtained a job as a bank clerk at the Canadian Bank of Commerce where he worked from 1913 to 1917 eventually becoming an accountant at the bank's Winnipeg branch. He briefly served in the Royal Air Force in World War I before returning to St. Thomas to tend the family's onion farm. In 2008 he had a school named after him only miles away from his family's farm.


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