Searching for W.P.M. Kennedy: The Biography of an Enigma

By Martin L. Friedland

© 2020

Born in Ireland in 1879, W.P.M. Kennedy was a distinguished Canadian academic and the leading Canadian constitutional law scholar for much of the twentieth century. Despite his trailblazing career and intriguing personal life, Kennedy’s story is largely a mystery. Weaving together a number of key events, Martin L. Friedland’s lively biography discusses Kennedy’s contributions as a legal and interdisciplinary scholar, his work at the University of Toronto where he founded the Faculty of Law, as well as his personal life, detailing stories about his family and important friends, such as Prime Minister Mackenzie King.

Kennedy earned a reputation in some circles for being something of a scoundrel, and Friedland does not shy away from addressing Kennedy’s exaggerated involvement in drafting the Irish constitution, his relationships with female students, and his quest for recognition. Throughout the biography, Friedland interjects with his own personal narratives surrounding his interactions with the Kennedy family, and how he came to acquire the private letters noted in the book. The result is a readable, accessible biography of an important figure in the history of Canadian intellectual life.

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  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Illustrations: 136
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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In this highly entertaining biography, W.P.M. Kennedy emerges as a complicated yet compelling figure in the academic and legal history of Canada.

Searching for W.P.M. Kennedy: The Biography of an Enigma

By Martin L. Friedland

© 2020

Born in Ireland in 1879, W.P.M. Kennedy was a distinguished Canadian academic and the leading Canadian constitutional law scholar for much of the twentieth century. Despite his trailblazing career and intriguing personal life, Kennedy’s story is largely a mystery. Weaving together a number of key events, Martin L. Friedland’s lively biography discusses Kennedy’s contributions as a legal and interdisciplinary scholar, his work at the University of Toronto where he founded the Faculty of Law, as well as his personal life, detailing stories about his family and important friends, such as Prime Minister Mackenzie King.

Kennedy earned a reputation in some circles for being something of a scoundrel, and Friedland does not shy away from addressing Kennedy’s exaggerated involvement in drafting the Irish constitution, his relationships with female students, and his quest for recognition. Throughout the biography, Friedland interjects with his own personal narratives surrounding his interactions with the Kennedy family, and how he came to acquire the private letters noted in the book. The result is a readable, accessible biography of an important figure in the history of Canadian intellectual life.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Illustrations: 136
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Martin L. Friedland is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    W.P.M. Kennedy Timeline
     
    Preface

    1. Coming to America
    2. Earlier Years
    3. After Trinity College Dublin
    4. St. Michael’s College
    5. Turning to the Canadian Constitution
    6. Pauline Simpson
    7. The Constitution of Canada and Beyond
    8. Deeks v. Macmillan and H.G. Wells
    9. The Irish Constitution
    10. Productive Years
    11. Lord Elgin and More
    12. Starting a Law Program
    13. Creating a Law School
    14. More Projects
    15. Running a Law School
    16. Encouraging Scholarship
    17. Rethinking the BNA Act
    18. The War Years
    19. The Changing Law School
    20. The Cottage
    21. The Family
    22. Sidney Smith Arrives
    23. Final Years as Dean
    24. The Struggle Continues
    25. Retirement
    26. Final Days
    27. Summing Up

    Endnotes

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