Honourable Thomas Laird Kennedy 1878-1959, The

Born on a farm which included this site, Kennedy was educated locally and in Toronto, and became active in local politics. He served with distinction in the First World War, later attaining the rank of colonel in the militia. Elected in 1919 to the provincial parliament as a Conservative member for Peel, he retained this seat, with the exception of one term, until his death. A fruit grower most of his life, he was concerned with farming and rural affairs, and served as Minister of Agriculture 1930-34 and 1943-52. Kennedy became Prime Minister of Ontario in 1948, remaining in office until 1949. As a result of his great personal popularity and long public service, he was affectionately known as "Old Man Ontario".


At Dixie Public School, 1120 Flagship Drive, once part of the Kennedy family farm, Mississauga

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: Regional Municipality of Peel

Municipality: City of Mississauga