Stephen Butler Leacock
Born: December 30, 1869
Died: March 28, 1944
Place of Birth: Swanmore, Hampshire, England
The Leacock family emigrated to Sutton, Ontario, in 1876.
The family had financial difficulties but the Leacocks made sure their 11 children received an education.
Stephen Leacock enrolled at the University of Toronto and completed two years in one.
He could not at the time complete his university program because of money problems at home.
Upon completing a three month course at Strathroy Collegiate, Stephen Leacock became a school teacher.
While he was teaching, he enrolled at Toronto again as a part-time student.
To supplement his income, he submitted humorous articles to various magazines.
Stephen Leacock pursued the field of economics and as well progressed with his writing.
He graduated from U of T in 1891 with an honors Bachelor of Arts degree.
Leacock continued his education and humorous writing to the point where he was writing books.
In 1903, he accepted the position "Professor of Economics" at McGill University; a position he held until retirement.
Stephen Leacock is best known as a humorist writer but his contributions to the fields of economics and political science are
noteworthy as well.
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