Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, February 20, 1939
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Author
Bezeau, C. Mortimer
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on February 20, 1939. King thanks Bezeau for his encouraging words and his approval of the Liberal Party position.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Notes
Watermark on page - Rolland Parchment / Made in Canada


William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was Canada's longest serving Prime Minister with a total of 22 years (1921-1930 and 1935-1948). King was born in Berlin, Ontario (present day Kitchener) on December 17, 1874. He graduated from the University of Toronto and went on to study economics at Harvard and Chicago University. In 1900 King was named Canada's first Deputy Minister of Labour, and became Minister of Labour in 1909. In 1921 King was elected Prime Minster of Canada. King was a member of the Liberal Party of Parliament for over 30 years, 22 of those years were spent as Prime Minister of Canada. William Lyon Mackenzie King died on July 22, 1950 in Kingsmere, Quebec.

C. Mortimer Bezeau (1871-1964) was a politician in Kitchener, Ontario and a long-standing member of the Liberal Party. He held positions in local government in 1925-1926 and 1928, and was mayor of Kitchener from 1931-1932. Bezeau made many contributions to the 'Letter to the Editor' portions of The Globe and Mail regarding various political matters and opinions. C. Mortimer Bezeau died in 1964 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario.

Throughout William Lyon Mackenzie King's career the two men corresponded via typed or handwritten letters and exchanged gifts.

Transcribed by Danielle Hughes in 2017.
Date of Original
Feb. 20 1939
Dimensions
Width: 20 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.43
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.42094 Longitude: -75.69029
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S718 Disc 1
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

CANADA}

Ottawa, February 20, 1939.

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street East,

Kitchener, Ontario.

My dear Bezeau:

I thank you for the kind and encouraging words of your letter of February the 16th, and regret that, at the moment, I have opportunity for only this line of acknowledgment. It is a source of encouragement and satisfaction to me to know that the trade treaties recently concluded with the United States have commended themselves so strongly to your judgment, and that the policies of the Liberal Party in general also meet with your approval. It was characteristically thoughtful of you to write me as you have.

With kind regards and all good wishes,

Believe me, as always,

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, February 20, 1939


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on February 20, 1939. King thanks Bezeau for his encouraging words and his approval of the Liberal Party position.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King