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BC PREMIERS
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William Andrew Cecil Bennett
[W.A.C. Bennett]
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September 6, 1900 - February 23, 1979
W.A.C. Bennett was born on a small farm in New Brunswick, moving to Alberta in 1919, then to BC in 1930, where he bought a hardware business in Kelowna. Active in the provincial Conservative Party, he won election to the legislature in 1941. In 1951 he joined the Social Credit Party, and when the Socreds won a surprise victory in the 1952 election they chose him leader of their minority government. Bennett went on to become the longest-serving premier in BC history. He won re-election six times, but finally lost to the NDP, led by David Barrett, in 1972. He resigned the next year.
Initiated: 1932
Worshipful Master: 1944
St. George Lodge No. 41, Kelowna

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