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James Ralston

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Born Sep 27, 1881

James Layton Ralston, PC was a Canadian lawyer, soldier and politician. Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Ralston graduated from law school at Dalhousie University in 1903 and practised law in Amherst. Ralston was the federal Liberal candidate for Cumberland in the 1908 federal election but was unsuccessful in being elected.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1881 Birth Born on September 27, 1881.

TWENTIES

1903 21 Years Old Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Ralston graduated from law school at Dalhousie University in 1903 and practised law in Amherst.
1908 26 Years Old Ralston was the federal Liberal candidate for Cumberland in the 1908 federal election but was unsuccessful in being elected.
1911 29 Years Old He subsequently entered public life when he ran as the provincial Liberal candidate for Cumberland and was elected in the 1911 provincial election.

THIRTIES

1916 34 Years Old He was re-elected in 1916.
1918 36 Years Old Ralston served in World War I as an officer in the 85th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders), rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1918, and was decorated for bravery.

FORTIES

1924 42 Years Old He was promoted to commanding officer of the Nova Scotia Highlanders and pursued a career as a professional soldier in Canada's post-war army, rising to the rank of Colonel in 1924.
1926 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Ralston left the military and entered federal politics once again when he was unsuccessful as the Liberal candidate for Halifax in the 1926 federal election, held September 14. … Read More
1930 48 Years Old Ralston served as Minister of National Defence until the defeat of King's government in the 1930 federal election but was re-elected and remained the MP for Shelburne-Yarmouth through the 17th Parliament, serving in His Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

FIFTIES

1935 53 Years Old The riding of Shelburne-Yarmouth was consolidated into the new riding of Shelburne—Yarmouth—Clare in 1935 and Ralston opted to not run again, returning to the legal profession, despite the Liberal party regaining power. … Read More
1939 57 Years Old Ralston re-entered active public service and he was subsequently appointed as Minister of Finance on September 6, 1939, replacing Charles Dunning who was in ill-health. … Read More
1940 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Ralston was subsequently elected by acclamation on January 2, 1940 and entered the 18th Parliament. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1942 60 Years Old Ralston supported conscription for overseas service during World War II, and in 1942 offered to resign when Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King's government would not introduce it.
1944 62 Years Old The resignation issue was dropped, but after visiting Canadian troops in Europe in 1944, he argued again that conscription was necessary, and a schism developed in King's cabinet (see Conscription Crisis of 1944). King forced him to resign, replacing him with Andrew McNaughton on November 1, 1944.
1948 67 Years Old Ralston left politics the following year and died in Montreal in 1948. … Read More
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