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PEARSON, The Right Hon. Lester Bowles, P.C., C.C., O.M., O.B.E., B.A., M.A., LL.D.
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Source: Library and Archives Canada, PA 126393
Date of Birth (yyyy.mm.dd): 1897.04.23
Place of Birth: Newtonbrook, Ontario, Canada
Deceased Date (yyyy.mm.dd): 1972.12.27 (75 years old)
Profession | Occupation: Author, diplomat, professor, senior public servant
Party Leader:
Notes: Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1957.
Federal Political Experience
Years of Service: 7183 Days (19 years, 7 months, 30 days)
^ House of Commons
ConstituencyPolitical Affiliation at ElectionDate of Election (yyyy.mm.dd)Result
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1965.11.08 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1963.04.08 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1962.06.18 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1958.03.31 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1957.06.10 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1953.08.10 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1949.06.27 Elected
Algoma East, Ontario Liberal 1948.10.25
(By-Election)
Elected

^ Parliamentary Group
PartyTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Liberal 1948.09.10 -

^ Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian
Prime Minister of Canada

PortfolioTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Prime Minister 1963.04.22 - 1968.04.19

Minister

PortfolioTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Secretary of State for External Affairs 1948.11.15 - 1957.06.20
Secretary of State for External Affairs 1948.09.10 - 1948.11.14

Leader of the Official Opposition

PortfolioTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Leader of the Official Opposition 1958.01.16 - 1963.04.21

^ Committees - House of Commons
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^ Political Party Roles
Liberal Party of Canada

RoleTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Leadership Candidate 1958.01.16 - 1958.01.16
Party Leader 1958.01.16 - 1968.04.05
Federal Public Office
^ Commission of Inquiry
FunctionCommissionTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Secretary Royal Commission on Price Spreads 1934.07.07 - 1935
Secretary Royal Commission on Trading in Grain Futures 1931.04.10 - 1931
^ Departmental Deputy Minister
FunctionMinistryTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Under Secretary of State External Affairs 1946.09.04 - 1948
Military Service


Military OrganizationFunctionTerm (yyyy.mm.dd)
Royal Flying Corps Was invalided home in 1918. Flying Officer 1917 - 1918
Canadian Army Medical Corps Served overseas as a Private and Lieutenant. 1915 - 1917
University of Toronto Hospital Unit Medical Orderly 1914 - 1915
World War I, 1914-1918 Participant -
Family Ties in Parliament
RelativeNameDate of BirthDate of Death
Daughter-in-law Pearson, Landon
(Senator)
1930.11.16
Selected Publications This bibliography includes books, chapters in books and journal articles written, edited, compiled or translated solely by the parliamentarian or with others.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information. Should you find any errors or omissions, please contact us at the following e-mail address: parlinfo@parl.gc.ca

^ Sole Author Books

  • A democracia na politica mundial.
    Rio de Janeiro : Edicoes Caravela Ltda.; [1958]. 77 p.

  • Canada and post-war organization.
    Ottawa : Canadian Information Bureau; 1945.

  • The Commonwealth, 1970.
    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press; 1971. 32 p.

  • La crise du Moyen-Orient, janvier-mars 1957 .
    Ottawa : Impr. de la Reine; 1957. 40 p.

  • La crise du Moyen-Orient, octobre-décembre 1956 .
    Ottawa : E. Clouthier, Impr. de la Reine; 1957. 32 p.

  • The crisis in the Middle East, January-March, 1957 .
    Ottawa : Queen's Printer; 1957. 39 p.

  • The crisis in the Middle East, October-December 1956 .
    Ottawa : Queen's Printer and Controller of Stationery; 1957. 29 p.

  • The crisis of development.
    New York : Praeger Publishers; published for the Council on Foreign Relations; London : Pall Mall Press, 1970. viii, 117 p.

  • Democracy in world politics.
    Toronto : Saunders and Co. Ltd.; Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1955. 123 p.

  • Diplomacy in the nuclear age .
    Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press; [1969, c1959]. vi, 114 p.

  • Diplomacy in the nuclear age .
    Toronto : S.J.Reginald Saunders; Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1959. vi, 114 p.

  • The four faces of peace and the international outlook / statements selected and edited by Sherleigh G. Pierson.
    Toronto : McClelland and Stewart; New York : Dodd, Mead, [1964]. xv, 267 p.

  • The free press: a reflection of democracy.
    Williamsburg, Va. : Colonial Williamsburg; 1958. 16 p.

  • The international years: memoirs / edited by John A. Munro and Alex I. Inglis.
    London : V. Gollancz; 1974. xi, 344 p.

  • Lokasahi ani jagatik rajakaran.
    Bombay : Vora; [1958]. 112 p.

  • Mike: the memoirs of the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson.
    Toronto : University of Toronto Press; New York : Quadrangle Books; Scarborough, Ont. : New American Library, c1972/c1975. 3 v..

  • Papamacarajakiyalalo praja svamakam.
    Vijayawada : Hamsa Publications; [1958]. 128 p.

  • Peace in the family of man.
    Toronto; New York : Oxford University Press; London : British Broadcasting Corporation, 1969. 104 p.

  • Politique mondiale et démocratie / traduit de l'anglais par Nicole Bogliolo.
    Paris : La Colombe, Ed. du Vieux colombier; [1958]. 152 p.

  • Through diplomacy to politics: memoirs, 1897-1948 / foreword by Barbara Ward.
    London : V. Gollancz; 1973, c1972. xiv, 301 p.

  • Ulaka araciyalil jananayakam.
    Madras : Tamil Chudar Nilayam; [1957]. 175 p.

  • Visvarajkaranmam lokasahi.
    Bombay : Vora; [1958]. 102 p.

  • Where do we go from here?.
    [Minneapolis] : University of Minnesota Press; [1957]. 20 p

  • Words and occasions: an anthology of speeches and articles selected from his papers.
    [Toronto] : University of Toronto Press; [c1970]. xiv, 296 p.


Chapters in Books

  • Changing Canadian federalism.
    In: Canadian federalism: myth or reality / edited by J. Peter Meekison. Torontlo : Methuen; [1968]. p. 406-12.

  • Federalism for the future.
    In: Canadian federalism: myth or reality / edited by J. Peter Meekison. 2nd ed. Toronto : Methuen; [1971]. p. 156-66.

  • Federalism for the future.
    In: Canadian federalism: myth or reality / edited by J. Peter Meekison. Toronto : Methuen; [1968]. p. 182-92.

  • Foreword.
    In: Restless nations: a study of world tensions and development. Conference on Tensions in Development, 1961.. New York : Dodd, Mead; 1962. 217 p.

  • The four faces of peace.
    In: Peace / edited by Frederick W. Haberman; published for the Nobel Foundation. Amsterdam; New York : Elsevier Publ. Co; 1972. 3:119-47.

  • The international situation.
    In: Canada: nation on the march. Toronto : Clarke, Irwin; 1953. p. 3-11.

  • Introduction.
    In: The Liberal Party. Pickersgill, J.W.. [Toronto] : McClelland and Stewart; c1962. xiii, 146 p.

  • Keeping the peace .
    In: The quest for peace: the Dag Hammarskjöld memorial lectures / edited by Andrew W. Cordier and Wilder Foote.. New York : Columbia University Press; 1965. p. [99]-117.

  • Liberalism.
    In: Politics: Canada, problems in Canadian government. Fox, Paul (ed.). 2nd ed. Toronto : McGraw-Hill Company of Canada Limited; 1966. p. 348-9.

  • Liberalism.
    In: Politcs: Canada: culture and process. Fox, Paul (ed.). 3rd ed. Toronto : McGraw-Hill Company of Canada Limited; 1970. p. 237-8.

  • The new face of diplomacy .
    In: Perspectives on peace, 1910-1960. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.. London : Stevens; [1960]. p. 121-34.

  • Préface.
    In: Le prince et les lépreux. Lachance, Lise.. [Montréal] : Editions La Presse ; [c1972]. 156 p.

  • Where is North America going?.
    In: Fourth seminar on Canadian-American relations at Assumption University of Windsor: November 8, 9, 10, 1962 … Seminar on Canadian-American Relations (4th: 1962: Assumption University of Windsor). [Windsor, Ont.] : Assumption University of Windsor; 1962?. p. [1]-11.

  • The winds of change.
    In: The promise of world tensions / edited by Harlan Cleveland. Conference on World Tensions (1960: University of Chicago). New York : Macmillan; 1961. p. 137-40.


Articles

  • A measured defense for the West .
    Orbis. 1:428-34 Jan. 1958.

  • A new kind of peace force: a proposal.
    Maclean's. 77:9-11 May 2, 1964.

  • After Geneva: a greater task for NATO .
    Foreign Affairs. 34:14-23 Oct. 1955.

  • After the Paris debacle .
    Foreign Affairs. 38:537-46 July 1960.

  • The basis of Canadian external policy.
    External Affairs. 3:38-46 Feb. 1951.

  • Beyond the nation-state.
    Saturday Review. 51:24-27ff Feb. 15, 1968.

  • Canada and the North Atlantic Alliance.
    Foreign Affairs. 27:369-78 Apr. 1949.

  • Canada and the post-war world .
    Canadian Affairs. [Ottawa : 1 ( 6): 1944].

  • Canada en las Americas.
    Revista de la Habana. 56:7 [1947].

  • Canada looks down north.
    Foreign Affairs. 24:638-47 July 1946.

  • Canada, the United Nations and a two-power world.
    External Affairs. 3:154-60 May 1951.

  • Canada's northern horizon.
    Foreign Affairs. 31: 581-91 July 1953.

  • Canada's policy for peace.
    Canadian Unionist. 3:157-8 July 1949.

  • Canadian policy in the present international crisis.
    External Affairs. 2:437-40 Dec. 1950.

  • Canadian stand on Rhodesia.
    External Affairs. 17:534-5 Dec. 1965.

  • The commitment to development assistance.
    Banker. 119:870-3 Sept. 1969.

  • Co-operation and unity in the English-speaking world.
    External Affairs. 5: 360-2 Dec. 1953.

  • Co-ordination of Canadian policy at the United Nations.
    External Affairs. 5:12-16 Jan. 1953.

  • Crying for a vision.
    Atlantic Community Quarterly. 4:309-16 Autumn 1966.

  • The development of Canadian foreign policy.
    Foreign Affairs. 30:17-30 Oct. 1951.

  • The development of Canadian foreign policy.
    External Affairs. 3:339-43 Oct. 1951.

  • The development of Canadian foreign policy.
    External Affairs. 3:377-80 Nov. 1951.

  • The face of the world in 1965..
    External Affairs. 17:82-7 Mar. 1965.

  • Force for the United Nations.
    External Affairs. 9:169-75 May 1957.

  • Force for the United Nations.
    Foreign Affairs. 35:395-404 Apr. 1957.

  • Forty years on: reflections on our foreign policy.
    International Journal. 22:357-63 Spring 1967.

  • The four faces of peace.
    Progressive. 22:7-11 Feb. 1958.

  • The four faces of peace.
    Pall Mall Q. 1:5-15 Spring 1958.

  • Freedom and change.
    Queen's Quarterly. 76:18-28 Spring 1969.

  • Good neighbourhood.
    Foreign Affairs. 43 (2):251-61 Jan. 1965.

  • International economic co-operation in a changing world .
    Australian Outlook. 23:111-119 August 1969.

  • International law and international politics.
    External Affairs. 18:387-93 Sept. 1966.

  • Keeping the peace.
    External Affairs. 16:240-53 June 1964.

  • Middle East.
    External Affairs. 9:133-43 Apr. 1957.

  • National sovereignty and international organization.
    External Affairs. 4:166-75 May 1952.

  • NATO and a changing Europe.
    Atlantic Community Quarterly. 6:5-16 Spring 1968.

  • NATO and North American defense: suggestion that a NATO military command responsible for the defense of the North American continent be instituted.
    Western World. pp. 11-14 Sept. 1957.

  • NATO: retrospect and prospects.
    International Journal. 14 (2):79-86 Spring 1959.

  • The new approach - through cooperation.
    Commonwealth Journal. 12:23-35 Feb. 1969.

  • The next decade in world affairs.
    General Electric Company. Defense Quarterly. [s.l. : s.d.].

  • Planning Canada's foreign policy.
    United Nations World. 4:52-3 July 1950.

  • The present position of the United Nations .
    International Relations. 1:329-38 Oct. 1957.

  • Reconsidering the place of educational media.
    Prospects. 2 (1):28-33 Spring 1972.

  • Review of some recent developments in international affairs.
    External Affairs. 2:123-34 Apr. 1950.

  • Review of world affairs.
    External Affairs. 1:3-21 Dec. 1949.

  • Some thoughts on Canadian external relations.
    Canadian Historical Association. Report of the Annual meeting. 33 (1):69-76 [1954].

  • Tested principles and policies: the Liberal platform.
    Saturday Night. 77:16-17 May 1962.

  • Toward effective international law: law must work independently of politics in order to be effective politically and thereby ensure justice and progress to all of humanity.
    American Bar Association Journal. 52:1017-20 Nov. 1966.


^ Multiple Authors Books

  • A critical evaluation of the United Nations. Pearson, Lester Bowles, Ernest A. Gross and Sir Patrick Dean
    Vancouver : University of British Columbia; 1961. 55 p.

  • The control of proliferation: three views / papers delivered by Sir Solly Zuckermann, Ambassador Alva Myrdal and the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson. Zuckermann, Sir Solly, Ambassador Alva Myrdal and the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson
    London : Institute for Strategic Studies; 1966. 26 p.


Articles

  • Prime and other ministers [Archival material from 1948]. Pearson, Lester B. and Hector Mackenzie
    Bout de Papier. 17 (1):46 Spring 2000.

  • The Taiwan Strait in 1950 . Pearson, Lester B. and Dean Acheson
    Bout de Papier. 13 (2):35 Summer 1996.

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Additional information ^ Biographical information
Marriage (1925.08.22 - 1972.12.27)
  • Moody, Maryon Elspeth
    Birth: 1901 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Death: 1989.12.26

Children
  • Pearson, Geoffrey A.H.
    Birth: 1927 Death: 2008.03
    Married to Landon (Lucy) Carter who was called to the Senate September 15, 1994
  • Pearson, Patricia Lillian
    Birth: 1929

Cause of Death: cancer
Place of Burial: Maclaren Cemetery, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
^ Heritage Information
Plaques, Statues, etc.:
  • Plaque
    Newtonbrook Methodist Parsonage,
    53 Cummer,
    Willowdale, Ontario
  • "Declared of national historic significance in 1981 and to be plaqued in Ottawa, Ontario"
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Parliament Hill
    Statue
  • Places, Buildings, etc.
    Named After Prime Minister:
  • Lester B. Pearson Building. Headquarters of the Federal Department of External Affairs. On Sussex Drive, in Ottawa, Ontario, opposite Earnscliffe. Opened in 1973.
  • Pearson Peace Medal.To honour Canadians for their achievements in the international arena. Inaugurated by the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) in 1979 .
  • Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Toronto International Airport renamed in 1984.
  • Other Information: First Among Equals -- The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
    (Library and Archives Canada)

    Details of Interest
  • Appointed member of the Imperial Privy Council, May 3, 1963
  • Winner of Nobel Peace Prize 1957

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