Following the retirement of Sir Robert Borden in 1919 he was chosen to succeed him as leader of the Union Government.
The Elgin National Watch factory, and the Borden milk-condensing works, are famous throughout the United States and beyond.
The city is the seat of the Northern Illinois hospital for the insane, of the Elgin Academy (chartered 1839; opened 1856), and of St Mary's Academy (Roman Catholic); and has the Gail Borden public library, with 35,000 volumes in 1908.
In 1913 he was appointed Solicitor-General in the Borden administration and in 1915 was sworn of the Privy Council for Canada.
He was a member of the Quebec Legislature from 1897; and, after holding minor offices, in 1905-20 was Prime Minister and Attorney-General in the province of Quebec. Attempts were made by Sir Robert Borden to get him to join his Coalition Ministry, but these failed, and subsequently Sir Lomer declared his allegiance to the Liberal Opposition.
ROBERT LAIRD BORDEN (1854-), Canadian statesman, was born at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, on the 26th of June 1854.
But, in spite of his strong personality, he was not easy to work with, and difficulties with Sir Robert Borden led to his sudden resignation of office in Nov.
ROBERT PLOT (1640-1696), English naturalist and antiquary, was born at Borden in Kent in 1640.