Robert Hardy Small was a Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons.
Although a lifelong Toronto resident, Small was born in Morrow, Ohio, United States, near Cincinnati, when his parents were temporarily outside of Canada.
Small studied at the Ontario College of Art before working for advertising company East. L. Ruddy (since acquired by Claude Neon), becoming the company"s production manager by his retirement.
Between 1947 and 1951, Small was the Canadian Grand Master of the Orange Lodge, in which he participated for much of his life. In 1928, he gained controversy when he spoke out against federal plans to issue government cheques in both English and French, as proposed in a Liberal party private member"s bill. Small was first elected at the Danforth riding in the 1953 general election and served three consecutive terms in Parliament before finishing second to New Democratic candidate Reid Scott in the 1962 election.
Small was again unsuccessful at Danforth in the 1963 election, placing third in that campaign behind Scott and Liberal candidate John Whitehead.
On 5 October 1976, Small died unexpectedly at his Toronto home.