Today in World History: July 22nd

William Lyon Mackenzie King, the longest serving Prime Minister of Canada, died on this day in 1950. Serving as Prime Minister from December 29, 1921 to June 28, 1926; from September 25, 1926 to August 7, 1930; and from October 23, 1935 to November 15, 1948, he served more than twenty-two years, and led Canada during World War Two. He dominated Canadian politics during these times of trouble through his cold political skills. Media at the time reports King as generally unloved by his citizens and allies, but his smart tactics and strong leadership skills led to his re-election. He was adept at his job, but he lived his life alone, making few personal friends and never marrying. The 10th Prime Minister, he was an intelligent man, penning many academical papers about his original passion, law. Although he lacked charisma, King would go on to become Canada’s most powerful leader, ranked above founder John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier by many Canadian scholars. He led Canada to the world stage, as an enforcer of world peace and unity. On this day in 1950, King passed away from pneumonia, and was buried in Toronto, the largest city in Canada.

“Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand for long the terrific pace of modern war.”

-William Lyon Mackenzie King

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