Gordon Sidney Harrington

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Gordon Sidney Harrington
11th Premier of Nova Scotia
In office
August 11, 1930 – September 5, 1933
MonarchGeorge V
Lieutenant GovernorJames Cranswick Tory
Frank Stanfield
Walter Harold Covert
Preceded byEdgar Nelson Rhodes
Succeeded byAngus Lewis Macdonald
MLA for Cape Breton Centre
In office
June 25, 1925 – August 22, 1933
Serving with Joseph Macdonald
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byMichael Dwyer
MLA for Cape Breton South
In office
August 22, 1933 – June 20, 1937
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byGeorge M. Morrison
Personal details
BornAugust 7, 1883
Halifax, Nova Scotia
DiedJuly 4, 1943(1943-07-04) (aged 59)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Katherine Agnes MacDonald

Gordon Sidney Harrington (August 7, 1883 – July 4, 1943) was a Nova Scotia politician and the province's 11th Premier from 1930 to 1933.

He was mayor of Glace Bay from 1913 to 1915 when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force fighting in World War I. He was elected a Conservative MLA in 1925 representing Cape Breton Centre and his support from miners helped ensure the Conservative Party's victory in that election. Harrington became Minister of Labour in the government of Edgar N. Rhodes and became Premier of Nova Scotia when Rhodes left provincial politics to enter the federal cabinet in 1930.

During Harrington's term he was able to end ongoing labour disturbance among miners in Cape Breton which had afflicted the previous two premiers. He improved the provincial department of mining, fought for the coal and steel industries in Ottawa, and passed legislation calling for a national policy on coal and steel.

However, his government was unable to combat the Great Depression and was defeated by the Liberals in the 1933 election. Harrington remained in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly until 1937. His government was the last Conservative government until Robert Stanfield was able to take power in 1956.


  • MacDonald, Carole (2014). The Legacy of Gordon Sidney Harrington, 1909 - 1925 (PDF). Saint Mary's University. Retrieved December 10, 2017.