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Master of Arts (MA)




Robert Laird Borden was one of those men in history whom fate seems to elect to lead nations in time of crisis. From a successful lawyer, content with his lot, Borden was suddenly thrust to the forefront of Canadian polities. He lacked the gift of eloquence, his speeches usually read better than they sounded, but his level-headed thought and determination earned him the confidence of his colleagues and the nation during a critical period of Canadian history. As a public servant, the Canadian statesman gave all. He returned from the Paris Peace Conference exhausted, and his poor health forced his retirement within a year. Later, however, when his health had been restored by a much deserved rest, borden became Canada's elder statesman, serving his country in numerous ways until his death.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1964 Larry L. Kulisek

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