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Gadsby (Henry Franklin) papers
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Writings, correspondence, printed matter, and memorabilia relating to Canadian and British politics, primarily in the inter-war period, and to British Empire war efforts during World War I.
Henry Franklin Gadsby was born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1869. In 1889, he graduated from the University of Toronto and became a journalist. Gadsby had an illustrious fifty-year literary career as a liberal political satirist examining Canadian and British parliamentary politics and the Home Rule struggle in Ireland during the inter-war period. He was a feature writer for the Montreal Standard, Toronto Saturday Night, and the Toronto Star and a frequent free-lance contributor to various other Canadian and US newspapers and magazines. In the early 1920s, Gadsby served as president of the Parlimentary Press Gallery in Ottawa. In addition, he was a war correspondent during the Boer War, Mexican War, and World War I. Though known for his humorist satires, Gadsby was also a poet and playwright. Gadsby died in 1951.
7 manuscript boxes, 7 oversized boxes (14.6 Linear Feet)
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