Walter Stanley Monroe

Walter Stanley Monroe, businessman, politician (b at Dublin, Ire 14 May 1871; d at St John's 6 Oct 1952). He was Newfoundland's eighteenth prime minister, June 1924-August 1928; his newly constituted party swept to power, ending Albert HICKMAN's brief prime ministership.

Monroe, Walter Stanley

Walter Stanley Monroe, businessman, politician (b at Dublin, Ire 14 May 1871; d at St John's 6 Oct 1952). He was Newfoundland's eighteenth prime minister, June 1924-August 1928; his newly constituted party swept to power, ending Albert HICKMAN's brief prime ministership. A well-established and successful businessman, Monroe had served for a short time in William WARREN's Cabinet before that administration was replaced by Hickman's. In May 1924 Monroe was chosen as leader of a new alliance, the Liberal-Conservatives, which defeated Hickman in the June election. During Monroe's term, in spite of deepening financial difficulties, there was some industrial expansion and the long-fought LABRADOR BOUNDARY DISPUTE was settled. In August 1928 he passed the leadership to his cousin Frederick ALDERDICE and returned to his business concerns.