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Rt. Hon. Sir George Halsey Perley, MP.

Rt. Hon. Sir George Halsey Perley, MP.

Male 1857 - 1938  (80 years)

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  • Name George Halsey Perley 
    Prefix Rt. Hon. Sir 
    Suffix MP. 
    Born 12 Sep 1857  Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1884  Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    merchant 
    Elected Office 1926 
    Secretary of State of Canada 
    Interesting politics, business, 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-39177 
    Died 4 Jan 1938  Nepean, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Coronary Thrombosis and Arteriosclerosis 
    Buried Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I39177  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Family Annie Hespeler Bowlby,   b. 7 Mar 1862, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1910, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1884  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F24546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Sep 1857 - Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant - 1884 - Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jun 1884 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Coronary Thrombosis and Arteriosclerosis - 4 Jan 1938 - Nepean, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Halsey Perley
    George Halsey Perley

  • Notes 
    • Born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the son of William Goodhue Perley and Mabel E. Ticknor Stevens, Perley was educated at the Ottawa Grammar School, at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, and at Harvard University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1878. Perley became a partner in the Perley & Pattee, a lumber company in which his father was senior partner. After Perley & Pattee dissolved in 1893, Perley became head of G.H. Perley & Co which had mills at Pointe-Calumet, Quebec and vice president of the Hull Lumber Company, Ltd., which is operating largely on the upper Ottawa. For many years, Perley was vice president of the Canada Atlantic Railway Co., president of the Rideau Club and president of the Ottawa Golf Club. Along with the other heirs of his father, he donated his homestead on Wellington Street for the purpose of establishing a hospital and served as vice president of its Board of Management. In 1900, he was chairman of the Ottawa and Hull Fire Relief Fund, and distributed about $1,000,000 among the sufferers by the 1900 Hull\endash Ottawa fire.

      Perley married Annie Hespeler in Kitchener, Ontario on 4 June 1884. Perley had two children: Mabel, born 8 July 1885 and died 13 March 1887, and Ethel Lesa, born 16 September 1888.

      He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Conservative MP for Argenteuil in 1904, having failed to defeat Mr. W. C. Edwards for the seat in Russell County during the election of 1900. Perley served as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Minister of the Overseas Military Forces in the World War I government of Sir Robert Borden. He did not run for re-election in the 1917 federal election in order to concentrate on his duties in London. He returned to the House of Commons in the 1925 federal election and subsequently served as Secretary of State for Canada in the short-lived 1926 government of Arthur Meighen and then as Minister without Portfolio in the government of R. B. Bennett following the 1930 federal election. He was re-elected in the 1935 federal election which also saw the defeat of Bennett's government, and remained an MP until his death in 1938.

      Wikipedia 2015

  • Sources 
    1. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 11676 (1884), Perley-Bowlby.
      George Halsey Perley, 26, merchant of Ottawa, b. New Hampshire, U. S., s/o William Goodhue & Mabel E. T. Perley, married Annie Hespeler Bowlby, 22, res. Berlin, b. Canada, d/o Ward Hamkilton and Lissie Hespeler, Bowlby, married 4 Jul 1884, Berlin

    2. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate.