The Sault Man who became Premier


If you missed it last time, here’s another chance to watch an informative segment on William Howard Hearst, the first Premier of Ontario from Northern Ontario and from Sault Ste. Marie.

Hearst served as Premier from 1914 to 1919.  Hearst moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1888 and opened up a law office. He was first elected as member of provincial parliament in 1908.

Ward 3 councillor, Matthew Shoemaker appears on TVO’s flagship program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin and discusses the  life and times of Hearst in  a segment that will re-run Monday evening on TVO (Channel 7) at 8pm. The segment originally aired in September 2016.  Shoemaker calls Hearst a “hero” of his.

In 2015, Sault Ste. Marie city council officially declared the August civic holiday in Sault Ste,. Marie as, Sire William H. Hearst Day.

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Craig Huckerby
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