Sir George Halsey Perley
Secretary of State of Canada
In office
29 June 1926 – 24 September 1926
Prime MinisterArthur Meighen
Preceded byErnest Lapointe
Succeeded byFernand Rinfret
Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
In office
4 August 1914 – 1922
Prime MinisterRobert Borden,
Arthur Meighen
W.L. Mackenzie King
Preceded byDonald Alexander Smith
Succeeded byPeter C. Larkin
Minister of Overseas Military Forces
In office
31 October 1916 – 11 October 1917
Prime MinisterRobert Laird Borden
Succeeded byAlbert Edward Kemp
Personal details
Born(1857-09-12)September 12, 1857
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States
DiedJanuary 4, 1938(1938-01-04) (aged 80)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
NationalityAmerican, Canadian
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Annie Hespeler Bowlby
Alma materHarvard University
ProfessionLumber merchant

Sir George Halsey Perley, GCMG PC (September 12, 1857 – January 4, 1938) was an American-born Canadian politician and diplomat.

Early life

Born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the son of William Goodhue Perley and Mabel E. Ticknor Stevens, Perley was educated at the Ottawa Grammar School, at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, and at Harvard University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1878. Perley became a partner in the Perley & Pattee, a lumber company in which his father was senior partner. After Perley & Pattee dissolved in 1893, Perley became head of G.H. Perley & Co which had mills at Pointe-Calumet, Quebec and vice president of the Hull Lumber Company, Ltd., which is operating largely on the upper Ottawa. For many years, Perley was vice president of the Canada Atlantic Railway Co., president of the Rideau Club and president of the Ottawa Golf Club. Along with the other heirs of his father, he donated his homestead on Wellington Street for the purpose of establishing a hospital and served as vice president of its Board of Management. In 1900, he was chairman of the Ottawa and Hull Fire Relief Fund, and distributed about $1,000,000 among the sufferers by the 1900 Hull–Ottawa fire.

Perley married Annie Hespeler Bowlby in Kitchener, Ontario on 4 June 1884. Perley had two children: Mabel, born 8 July 1885 and died 13 March 1887, and Ethel Lesa, born 16 September 1888.

Politics

Perley and his wife inspecting Lt. Gen. Sir Richard Turner during World War I
Perley and his wife inspecting Lt. Gen. Sir Richard Turner during World War I

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Conservative MP for Argenteuil in 1904, having failed to defeat Mr. W. C. Edwards for the seat in Russell County during the election of 1900. Perley served as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Minister of the Overseas Military Forces in the World War I government of Sir Robert Borden. He did not run for re-election in the 1917 federal election in order to concentrate on his duties in London. He returned to the House of Commons in the 1925 federal election and subsequently served as Secretary of State for Canada in the short-lived 1926 government of Arthur Meighen and then as Minister without Portfolio in the government of R. B. Bennett following the 1930 federal election. He was re-elected in the 1935 federal election which also saw the defeat of Bennett's government, and remained an MP until his death in 1938.

Electoral record

3 December 1902
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Thomas Christie, Jr. 1,261 54.10
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 1,070 45.90
1935 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 4,467 49.83
  Liberal Joseph-Louis-Lorenzo Legault 4,290 47.86
Reconstruction Pierre-Albert-Arthur Fortin 207 2.31
1930 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 4,709 54.45
  Liberal Joseph-Louis-Lorenzo Legault 3,940 45.55
1926 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 4,094 51.51
  Liberal Joseph-Louis-Lorenzo Legault 3,854 48.49
1925 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 3,921 51.31
  Liberal Joseph-Louis-Lorenzo Legault 3,721 48.69
1911 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 1,824 59.78
  Liberal Agenor Henry Tanner 1,227 40.22
1908 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 1,587 54.44
  Liberal Peter Robert McGibbon 1,328 45.56
1904 Canadian federal election: Argenteuil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Conservative George Halsey Perley 1,516 53.08
  Liberal Thomas Christie, Jr. 1,340 46.92

References

Parliament of Canada Preceded byThomas Christie, Jr. Member of Parliament for Argenteuil 1904–1917 Succeeded byPeter Robert McGibbon Preceded byCharles Stewart Member of Parliament for Argenteuil 1925–1938 Succeeded byGeorges-Henri Héon Political offices Preceded byErnest Lapointe Secretary of State of Canada 1926 Succeeded byFernand Rinfret Diplomatic posts Preceded byDonald Alexander Smith Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1914–1922 Succeeded byPeter Charles Larkin Political offices Preceded byNone Minister of Overseas Military Forces 1916-1917 Succeeded byAlbert Edward Kemp