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By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 When many people think of a leader, they think of someone with charm, great speaking ability, and a knack for stirring others to action. This may be true in some instances, but not in the case of Mackenzie King.
2 William Lyon Mackenzie King was born in Kitchener, Ontario, on December 17, 1874. He was named for his maternal grandfather, William Lyon Mackenzie, a leader in the Upper Canada Rebellion.
3 An avid student, King earned five university degrees, one of them a doctorate from Harvard University. While in university he worked as a reporter for a Toronto paper.
4 The ambition for political office affected King as it had his grandfather. In 1908, he ran as a liberal candidate and was elected. A year later, he was appointed to Sir Wilfrid Laurier's cabinet as the Minister of Labour.
5 Five years later he lost that seat. He didn't worry about anything but immediately got himself another job. This time it was as a consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation in the States.
6 It wasn't until 1917 that he returned to Canada and ran for office. He lost, but that didn't stop him from trying again.
7 At that time, World War I was still in progress. King returned to Canada supporting Laurier's opinion that the army should be manned by volunteers. There should be no conscription forcing Canadian men to fight.
8 This position was in agreement with the French Canadian part of the population but not with the English-speakers. The loss was a direct result of his problem with conscription.
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