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Thomas Cantley (19 April 1857 – 24 February 1945) was a Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and became a steel manufacturer and participated in numerous corporate directorships.[2]

Thomas Cantley
Member of Parliament
for Pictou
In office
October 1925 – July 1935
Preceded byEdward Mortimer Macdonald
Succeeded byHenry Byron McCulloch
Member of the Senate of Canada, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia division
In office
July 1935 – February 1945
Personal details
Born(1857-04-19)19 April 1857
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Died24 February 1945(1945-02-24) (aged 87)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada[1]
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Maria Fraser
m. 1883, d. 14 April 1911[2]

The son of Charles Cantley and Catherine Fraser,[1] Cantley attended school at New Glasgow, then performed military service with the British Expeditionary Force, attaining the rank of colonel. In 1919, he was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Dalhousie University.[2]

He was first elected to Parliament at the Pictou riding in the 1925 general election after an unsuccessful campaign there in 1921. He was re-elected to the House of Commons in 1926 and 1930.

Cantley was then appointed to the Senate on 20 July 1935 and remained in that role until his death on 24 February 1945.


  1. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  2. ^ a b c Normandin, A.L. (1932). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.

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