William Daum Euler

William Daum Euler, PC (July 10, 1875 July 15, 1961) was a Canadian parliamentarian.

The Hon.

William Daum Euler
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Waterloo North
In office
Preceded byWilliam George Weichel
Succeeded byLouis Orville Breithaupt
Senator for Waterloo, Ontario
In office
Appointed byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Personal details
Born(1875-07-10)July 10, 1875
Conestogo, Ontario
DiedJuly 15, 1961(1961-07-15) (aged 86)
Kitchener, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister of Customs and Excise (1926–1927)
Minister of National Revenue (1927–1930)
Minister of Trade and Commerce (1935–1940)

Born in Conestogo, Ontario, the son of Henry Euler and Catherine Daum,[1] he attended Berlin High School between the years of 1891 and 1893. He then taught in Suddaby Public School and later founded the Euler Business College. Euler married Jean Howd.[1] He was mayor of Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) from 1914 to 1917. He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1917 representing the riding of Waterloo North, Ontario. A Liberal, he held three cabinet positions: Minister of Customs and Excise (1926 to 1927), Minister of National Revenue (1927 to 1930), and Minister of Trade and Commerce (1935 to 1940). He served until 1940, when he was appointed to the Senate representing the senatorial division of Waterloo, Ontario. He died in office in 1961 in Kitchener.[1] He is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario.

As Senator, he waged the campaign to eliminate the ban on margarine in Canada.[2]

In 1961 he became the first Chancellor of Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University).


  • Brown, H. W., B.A. (1927). "The Kitchener and Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School: Its History". Fifteenth Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society 15: 268-284.
  1. Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  2. W. H. Heick (1991). A Propensity to Protect: Butter, Margarine and the Rise of Urban Culture in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 978-0-88920-994-7.
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Burpee Hanson
Minister of Trade and Commerce
Succeeded by
James Angus MacKinnon
Academic offices
Preceded by
Chancellor of Waterloo Lutheran University
Succeeded by
W. Ross Macdonald
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