Lester Pearson

Lester Bowles Pearson (1897 - 1972)

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Rt. Hon. Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson
Born in Newtonbrook, Ontario, Canadamap
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Husband of — married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadamap
Father of and [private daughter (1920s - unknown)]
Died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Apr 2013 | Last significant change: 14 Nov 2018
12:29: EditBot WikiTree edited the Biography for Lester Pearson. (Renaming category: Canadian Expeditionary Force) [Thank EditBot for this]
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Categories: Nobel Laureates of the 20th Century | Companions of the Order of Canada | This Day In History April 23 | This Day In History December 27 | Canadian Expeditionary Force, World War I | Canadian Army Medical Corps, CEF | Persons of National Historic Significance.

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Preceded by
John Diefenbaker
18th Prime Minister of Canada
22 April 1963 – 20 April 1968
Succeeded by
Pierre Trudeau


Lester Bowles Pearson was born at Newtonbrook, Ontario, in 1897, the son of Edwin Arthur Pearson and Annie Bowles. He was often called "Mike". He married Maryon Moody in 1925.

Lester Pearson became a Canadian diplomat; in 1952 he was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly; in Dec 1957 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping to end the Suez crisis of 1956, by establishing the first United Nations peacekeeping mission.

On 22 April 1963 he became Prime Minister of Canada and was Prime Minister during Canada's centennial year, 1967. His government was responsible for the introduction of the Canada Pension Plan and universal health care, among other accomplishments. He served until 20 April 1968, when he was succeeded by Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Lester Pearson died on 27 December 1972 at Ottawa.[1]


  • Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913, York, 1897, pg. 813 of 1524.
  • "Canada Census, 1901," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHP9-X7L : 27 April 2017), Lester Pearson in household of Annie A. Pearson, York (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 9, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.
  • "Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9T-8LWH : 16 July 2016), Lester Pearson in entry for Edwin A Pearson, 1911; citing Census, Hamilton East Sub-Districts 1-18, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,700.
  • Manitoba, Marriage Index, 1879-1931.
  1. Entered by Rick Heiser.


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On 5 Jul 2017 at 03:21 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:


with new standards, please delete

World War I Canadian Army Veterans

it is covered by

Category: Canadian Expeditionary Force

On 23 Apr 2014 at 14:12 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

Lester is today's WikiPick of the Day :)


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