Hearst, Sir William Howard
Sir William Howard Hearst, lawyer, politician, premier of Ontario (b in Arran Twp, Canada W 15 Feb 1864; d at Toronto 29 Sept 1941). A lawyer in Sault Ste Marie, he was elected a Conservative MPP in 1908. A leading spokesman for northern Ontario, he entered the Cabinet of Sir James P. WHITNEY
as minister of lands, forests and mines in 1911. He played an important role in the negotiations that in 1912 added the Keewatin Territory to Ontario, increasing the province's size by 56%, and succeeded to the premiership in 1914. A strong supporter of the war effort (he was knighted for his contribution in 1917), he also enfranchised women, enacted prohibition, established a department of labour and authorized construction of the Queenston hydroelectric plant, the largest in the world when it opened in 1921, establishing ONTARIO HYDRO
as the province's primary producer of electricity. When his government was defeated in 1919, he resumed his law practice. He served on the INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION
Hearst, William Howard
The Honourable Sir William Howard Hearst, premier of Ontario 1914 - 1919 (courtesy Archives of Ontario).
BRIAN D. TENNYSON