Third Canadian-born governor-general takes office

On today’s date in 1967, Daniel Roland Michener took office as the third Canadian-born governor-general.

In 1992, Canada Post issued a 42-cent multi-coloured stamp (Scott 1447) as part of its Order of Canada series. Printed by Ashton-Potter on Coated Papers Ltd. paper, the stamp features a portrait of Michener.

Born and educated in Alberta, Michener also briefly served in the Royal Air Force. He then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, playing hockey and earning two master’s degrees. He then returned to Canada and worked as a lawyer before entering politics – first in the provincial sphere and later in the federal. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1957, serving as speaker of the house until 1962 and then in diplomatic postings between 1964 and 1967.

On April 17, 1967, Queen Elizabeth II, appointed Michener governor-general of Canada on the recommendation of then-prime minister Lester Pearson. He served until1974.

On Oct. 15, 1962, Michener was sworn into the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. He died on Aug. 6, 1991.

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