Sir Robert Borden: Canada’s Wartime Prime Minister

Conservative/Unionist leader and Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden

Sir Robert Borden: Canada’s Wartime Prime Minister

Robert Borden was the prime minister who led Canada through the contentious years of World War I.  An attorney by trade, he entered politics in 1896 and quickly rose to leader of the Conservative Party.

Borden became prime minister following the nasty 1911 federal election that split the nation between those who were for and those who were against free trade with the United States.

Borden is the last prime minister to have been born before the formation of Canada as a nation.  He resigned in 1920 and died in 1937.

Notable Accomplishments

Here are some of Borden’s accomplishments during his nearly nine-year term:

After leaving office, Borden wrote several books.  He also had a varied career, serving as the head of several universities, financial institutions and organizations.

Schools have been named after him and for a number of years, he appeared on Canada’s $100 bill.


Updated:  28 October 2020
Melina Druga
Most kids have an active imagination. My imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and I’ve funneled that creativity into a successful writing career. I write history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not. My goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of colors.
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