|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2012|
Lawyer and politician. Lincoln Alexander served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and following his service he studied law at McMaster University and Osgood Hall. Upon graduation in 1949 he was one of only five black lawyers in Canada. In 1965 he was elected as the first black member of parliment as a conservative through a riding in Hamilton where he lived for many years. He was re-elected to a total of four terms and in 1979 served as Labour Minister under Prime Minister Joe Clark`s shortlived federal government. In 1980 he was chairman of the Workmen`s Compensation Board. In 1985 he was appointed the first black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He was married twice and his second marriage began at age 89 to a woman thirty years younger. He wrote his biography Go To School, You`re A Little Black Boy. Over his career he received many honours including chancellor of Guelph University. A highway in Hamilton was named after him as well. He was known across Canada simply as Linc at his insistance. Following his passing at age ninety his body laid in state at Queen`s Park in Toronto and later at Hamilton city hall. He then received a state funeral at Hamilton Place Theatre.
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Record added: Oct 27, 2012
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