George Monro Grant

1877–1902
George Monro Grant, Principal of Queen's University. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
George Monro Grant, Principal of Queen's University. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

George Monro Grant, who led Queen’s for decades as Principal, was one of the most important non-political leaders of his time and knew Sir John A. Macdonald well. Legend has it – in a story still often recited by political leaders today – that Principal Grant once told Sir John A. that he would support him whenever he was right. “That is not the support I need,” Macdonald, legend has it, replied, “I need you to support me when I am wrong.”