Fonds PR1958 - Robert N. Thompson fonds

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Robert N. Thompson fonds

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    • 1943-1968 (Creation)

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    0.05 m of textual records. -- 9 photographs.

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    Biographical history

    Robert Norman Thompson was born May 17, 1914 in Duluth, Minnesota; he was the son of Theodore O. and Hannah (Olufson) Thompson. The family moved to Canada in 1918 and homesteaded near Innisfail, Alberta.

    Robert attended Garbutt's Business College, Calgary Normal School, Palmer School of Chiropractic (Davenport, Iowa), Bob Jones University (Greenville, South Carolina) and the University of British Columbia. He married Hazel Maxine Kurth (1916-1992) on May 4, 1939. Robert and Hazel had eight children: Grace Arlone, Alice Maxine, George Raymond (1945-1993), David Dale (1947-2009), Lois Marie, Paul Andrew, Robert Makonnen and Stephen James. At the time of his death, he was married to Evelyn Thompson.

    Robert served during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the war, he helped establish the Ethiopian Imperial Air Force. After the war, he spent a number of years in Ethiopia, as an education officer and then from 1947 to 1951 as Director of Provincial Education for the Imperial Ethiopian Government. He was chairman of the Mission Education Board from 1947 to 1958.

    From 1960 to 1961 he was president of the Social Credit Association of Canada and became leader of the Social Credit Party of Canada in 1961. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1962 for the Red Deer Constituency, and was reelected in 1963 and 1965. He resigned as leader of the Social Credit Party in 1967 and was reelected in Red Deer in 1968, this time for the Progressive Conservative Party. Robert left politics in 1972 in order to teach Political Science at Trinity Western College in Langley, British Columbia. His memoirs about his time in politics, A House of Minorities 1957-72, was published in 1990. In 1990, Robert was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Robert N. Thompson died November 16, 1997.

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    The fonds consists of published material, including pamphlets, newspaper articles, addresses and speeches, as well as photographs, all relating to Robert N. Thompson’s political career.

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    Robert N. Thompson donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1978.


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        The material is in English and Chinese.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        See also the Robert N. Thompson fonds at Trinity Western University Archives in Langley, British Columbia and the Robert Norman Thompson fonds at Library and Archives Canada.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from the Canadian Encyclopedia, from the Canadian Parliamentary Guide and from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1978.0307.

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