President and Mrs. Kennedy with President and Mrs. John Diefenbaker. President and Mrs. John Kennedy; Prime Minister and Mrs. John Diefenbaker stand during playing of the National Anthem, shortly following the Chief Executive's arrival here May 16. In the back is Group Captain C.H. Mussells
John George Diefenbaker was born in Neustadt, Ontario on September 18, 1895. At 14 he worked at a train station selling news papers in Saskatoon. He married Edna Brower in 1929; she died in 1951. Remarried to Olive Palmer in 1953 ( 1 step- daughter ) Excellent reputation as a lawyer. Presented himself to the Parliament in 1925. Lost several elections 1926, 1929, 1938. He got a seat in the Parliament, in 1940. 13th prime minister June 21,1957 to April 22,1963.
"We had lunch at Diefenbaker’s house and he insisted on telling all these Churchill stories in accent and calling him “old Winston” or “the old boy” or something." - Jacqueline Kennedy on John Diefenbaker during the first couple’s official visit to Canada in May 1961. (The Camelot Kennedy Built)
I am Canadian. John Diefenbaker~~ John Diefenbaker described the day of her (Queen Victoria) death in his memoirs: “When Queen Victoria died, Father regarded it as one of the most calamitous events of all time. Would the world ever be the same? I can see him now. When he came home to tell us the news, he broke down and cried.”