Harrington, Gordon Sidney
Gordon Sidney Harrington, lawyer, politician, premier of NS (b at Halifax 7 Aug 1883; d there 4 July 1943). Educated at Dalhousie (LLB, 1904), Harrington practised law in Glace Bay. After serving in the CEF, 1915-20, he became MLA for Cape Breton Centre 1925-33 and Cape Breton S 1933-37. His support from the miners contributed to the Conservatives' victory in the 1925 election and led to his appointment as minister of labour in the E.N. RHODES
government. He succeeded Rhodes as premier in 1930. An effective, though sometimes caustic, speaker and a skilful administrator, Harrington followed the orthodox policies of the day in a politically hopeless battle against the Great Depression. Attempts to manipulate the voting lists in the election defeat of 1933 tarnished the record of a competent administration.
ERNEST R. FORBES