Orillia Ontario - Canada - Leacock Museum ~ Botanical Gardens - Tulips - Bokehs
He was born 30 December 1869 at Swanmore, county of Hampshire, England.
In 1876 he emigrated to Canada with his family and settled on a farm near the hamlet of Egypt, south of Sibbald Point on Lake Simcoe.
Leacock was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto. He completed a degree in modern languages at the University of Toronto in 1891.
Inspired by Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class, he enrolled at the University of Chicago, receiving a Ph.D. in political economy and political science under Veblen in 1903.
Concurrently he joined the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University, Montreal.
In 1906 he published his first and most profitable book: Elements of Political Science, a university textbook. Twenty-seven other books of non-fiction followed.
In 1908 he became head of his department at McGill, helped found the University Club and began developing Old Brewery