prime minister was born in nearby Yarmouth Township and
educated at St. Thomas Collegiate. After serving in World
War I, he was elected to the federal parliament in 1926
as member for Elgin West. In 1930 he was named leader of
the Ontario Liberal party and resigned his federal seat
in 1934 to become prime minister of Ontario.
Although his actions on the world stage garnered him some
questionable fame, it was the deeds he brought to Elgin
County that keep him as a local hero even today. In addition
to the air force bases that were built here due to Hepburn's
efforts, the military personal that came with them helped
to fill one of the busiest dance halls in Ontario.