Bennett, William Andrew Cecil "W.A.C."

BENNETT, William Andrew Cecil "W.A.C.", merchant, politician, premier 1 Aug 1952–15 Sept 1972 (b 6 Sept 1900, Hastings, NB; d 23 Feb 1979, Kelowna). Born on a small farm in New Brunswick, he emerged from poverty to become a successful hardware merchant. He moved in 1919 to Alberta and in 1930 to BC, where he bought a hardware business in KELOWNA. During the Depression he was active in the provincial CONSERVATIVE PARTY and won election to the legislature in 1941. In 1946 he failed in his bid...

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