W. E. N. Sinclair biography

W. E. N. Sinclair


1873 – 1947


Who was W. E. N. Sinclair?

William Edmund Newton Sinclair, known as W.E.N. Sinclair, was a Canadian barrister, solicitor and politician.

He was born in Whitby Township, Ontario, the son of John Sinclair, and was educated at Toronto University, receiving a bachelor's degree in law. In 1907, he married Ella Minerva Montgomery; he married Edna Worden in 1918 after his first wife's death.

Sinclair was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a candidate of the Ontario Liberal Party in the 1911 provincial election but was defeated in 1914.

He returned to politics in the 1917 federal election on conscription, Sinclair ran on as part of the anti-conscription "Laurier Liberals" but was again defeated.

He returned to provincial politics and was elected again to the Ontario legislature in the 1919 provincial election as the MLA for the riding of Ontario South.

Sinclair ran for the leadership of the party in the 1922 leadership convention, but lost to Wellington Hay. Hay resigned following a disastrous election result, and Sinclair served as interim leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from 1923 to 1930 and also as Leader of the Opposition in the provincial legislature. He was interim leader for that length of time because of the party's state of disorganization and inability to hold a proper leadership convention.


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Jun 28, 1873
Whitby Township, Ontario
  • Canada
  • University of Toronto
Nov 26, 1947

on July 23, 2013

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