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Lord Beaverbrook 1879-1964

Lord Beaverbrook 1879-1964

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Lord Beaverbrook 1879-1964

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The City of Vaughan
In Maple, on the southeast corner of Keele Street (Road 6)
and Major Mackenzie Drive (Road 25)

Coordinates: N 43 51.277 W 79 30.727


Plaque Text

One of the Commonwealth's best-known publishers, politicians and philanthropists, William Maxwell Aitken was born in Maple. The son of the Reverend William Aitken, a Presbyterian minister, he was educated in Newcastle, New Brunswick to which his family moved in 1880. After a highly successful career in Canada as financier he entered the British House of Commons in 1910 as a strong advocate of Imperial Preference and was raised to the peerage in 1917 as Lord Beaverbrook. He later became the principal British publisher of mass-circulation newspapers. During the Second World War Lord Beaverbrook was a member of the British War Cabinet and is best remembered as the Minister of Aircraft Production who organized the production of the fighter aircraft which won the Battle of Britain.



Vaughan Plaques

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