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Meighen, Arthurlocked

(1874–1960)
  • P. B. Waite

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Meighen, Arthur (1874–1960), prime minister of Canada, was born at Anderson, Perth county, western Ontario, on 16 June 1874, the second child and eldest son of Joseph Meighen (b. 1846), a farmer, and his wife, Mary Jane Bell, a farmer's daughter. The boy went to a country school, his path winding along a creek, a contemplative route where he watched water and fish. He was solitary, studious, serious, with no love for sports or much proficiency in them. He liked his own company. After school there were always farm chores; he was not much good at milking cows, and, once he had learned to read, books became his passion. His parents, mercifully, entirely approved his studiousness. Neither had had much schooling, but both knew its importance. Indeed, in 1886 they moved into the town of ...

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