|Thomas William Bird|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament |
|Preceded by||John Archibald Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Bernard Munroe Stitt|
|Born|| May 4, 1883|
Killington, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom
|Died|| June 9, 1958 75) (aged|
St. Thomas, Ontario
|Political party||Progressive Party|
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