Lincoln M. Alexander
Born: January 21, 1922
Died: October 19, 2012
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Lincoln Alexander became the first black man to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in Canada.
His parents immigrated from the West Indies to Canada; his father working as a railway porter and his mother a maid.
In 1942, Alexander joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving during World War II.
Following the war, he attended McMaster University receiving a B.A. degree (History and Political Economy) in 1949.
In 1953, Lincoln Alexander graduated with a law degree from Osgood Hall Law School.
He joined a law firm and practiced until 1968 when he won a seat for the Progressive Conservative party in Ottawa.
Alexander was a competent politician, winning four elections, and became the Minister of Labour for the Clark government in 1979.
He resigned in 1980 to become Chairman of the Ontario Workers' Compensation Board
In 1985, Lincoln Alexander accepted the role of Ontario's Lieutenant Governor marking a significant date in Canada;s history.
In this role, he became an active leader in Ontario's multicultural movement.
Following his duties as Lieutenant Governor, he was appointed Chancellor at the University of Guelph.
Because he championed youth and education, Ontario introduced a special award program named after Lincoln Alexander.
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