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William Duff (Canadian politician)

William Duff (April 28, 1872 – April 25, 1953) was a merchant, ship owner and political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Lunenburg from 1917 to 1925, Queens—Lunenburg from 1925 to 1926 and Antigonish—Guysborough from 1927 to 1936 in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal member. Duff represented Lunenburg division in the Senate of Canada from 1936 until his death in 1953.

William Duff
Senator for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
In office
February 28, 1936 – April 25, 1953
Appointed byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Personal details
Born(1872-04-28)April 28, 1872
Carbonear, Newfoundland
DiedApril 25, 1953(1953-04-25) (aged 80)
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, the son of William Duff, and educated in Carbonear and in Scotland.


He settled at Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where he married Jennie E. Oxner. He became the publisher of the Bridgewater Enterprise and then the Lunenburg Progress, later amalgamating the two newspapers as the Lunenburg Progress-Enterprise. Duff was also involved in fishing and was president of the Lunenburg Marine Railway Company and the Lunenburg Mutual Marine Insurance Company. He was mayor of Lunenburg from 1916 to 1922. Duff served as deputy speaker in 1926. He was defeated in a bid for reelection in 1926 in Queens—Lunenburg and then was elected in Antigonish—Guysborough in a by-election held later that year following the death of John C. Douglas.


In 1953, Duff died of a heart attack at home in Lunenburg while still a member of the Senate.

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