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Robert Charles Matthews, PC (June 14, 1871 – September 19, 1952) was a Canadian politician.

The Hon.

Robert Charles Matthews
Robert Charles Matthews photograph.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Toronto East Centre
In office
Preceded byEdmund Bristol
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1933
Personal details
Born(1871-06-14)June 14, 1871
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
DiedSeptember 19, 1952(1952-09-19) (aged 81)
Political partyConservative
Alma materTrinity College, University of Toronto. Harvard University, Boston
CabinetMinister of National Revenue (1933-1935)

Born in Lindsay, Ontario, Matthews came from a background where public service to others was lauded as a worthy pursuit.

The Honourable Robert Charles Matthews received his B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Further business studies took Matthews to Harvard University where he attended the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science in the 1901–1902 academic year. He was the second President (1910) of the Harvard Club in Toronto, which he helped to co-found in 1904.[1]

After many years in the investment and banking sectors, Matthews turned his hand to politics. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada representing the riding of Toronto East Centre in the 1926 Canadian federal election as a Conservative under the Cabinet of W. L. Mackenzie King. Re-elected in the 1930 Canadian federal election under the cabinet of R. B. Bennett, from December 1933 to August 1935, Matthews was the Minister of National Revenue.[2] He was asked to continue for a second term but declined due to health concerns. In addition Matthews was appointed a member of The Queen's Privy Council, December 1933. He was the 1936 President of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Matthews enjoyed nautical pursuits and supporting Canadian cricket in both Canada and England. He sponsored the Canadian Cricket Association's 1936 tour of England, where the Canadian team beat Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "A History: The Harvard Club of Toronto". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Profile—Matthews, Robert Charles". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  3. ^ "History – Cricket Canada". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ Cooper, David (1999). "Canadians Declare "It Isn't Cricket": A Century of Rejection of the Imperial Game, 1860-1960". Journal of Sport History. 26 (1): 51–81. ISSN 0094-1700. JSTOR 43611718.
  5. ^ "Canada has long association with MCC". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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