Ernest C. Drury

(1879 - 1968)

Inducted in 1989

Origin: Simcoe County

Nominated by: County of Simcoe

Specialty: Forestry, Livestock - Sheep, Organizations

Born in Simcoe County and known as the “Farmer Premier”, E. C. Drury followed in his father’s footsteps as a progressive force in Ontario’s agricultural development. A proponent of agricultural associations and co-operation, he was the leading force in many organizations advocating farmers’ rights, agricultural education and practical farming.

Mr. Drury was instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Council of Agriculture, the United Farmers’ Co-operative and served as President of the United Farmers of Ontario party. He was appointed leader and served as Premier of Ontario until 1923.

A strong advocate of reforestation and forest management, Mr. Drury was instrumental in the appointment of the first Provincial Forester, the establishment of tree nurseries in Midhurst and Angus and the reforestation of wasteland. He operated a typical mixed farm with purebred Shropshire sheep and Dual Purpose Shorthorn cattle in Oro Township.

E. C. Drury received Honourary LL.D. degrees from the University of Toronto (1920), Queen’s University (1923) and the University of Western Ontario (1953).