Writer Stephen Leacock died in Toronto. While he’s now best known as a humorist and essayist, Leacock studied economics and political science, which he later taught at McGill. Heavily involved in the Conservative Party, his propagandist writings on the reciprocity agreement with the U.S. helped defeat Wilfrid Laurier’s Liberal government in 1911. In 1947, the first Leacock Medal for Humour was awarded, a literary prize in his honour.

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Tuesday, March 28, 1944
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03
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28