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Thomas William Bird (May 4, 1883 – June 9, 1958) was a politician and clergyman. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1921 as a Member of the Progressive Party to represent the riding of Nelson. He was re-elected in 1925 and again in 1926 then defeated in 1930. He died a natural death late in his life.

Thomas William Bird
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Nelson
In office
Preceded byJohn Archibald Campbell
Succeeded byBernard Munroe Stitt
Personal details
BornMay 4, 1883
Killington, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom
DiedJune 9, 1958(1958-06-09) (aged 75)
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
NationalityBritish subject
Political partyProgressive Party

Bird played an unexpectedly pivotal role in the King–Byng Affair, as he fell asleep during debate on a motion of non-confidence in the 13th Canadian Ministry, and when re-awakened accidentally voted against the government, resulting in the non-confidence motion being passed by a single vote and the government falling as a result.[1]


  1. ^ "Canadian Parliamentary Review - Article".

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