Arthur Matheson

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Arthur Matheson
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by James Maitland Clarke
Succeeded by John Charles Ebbs
Constituency Lanark South
Personal details
Born December 1842
Perth, Canada West
Died January 25, 1913(1913-01-25) (aged 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party Conservative
Occupation Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Canadian
Service/branch Royal Canadian Army
Years of service 1867-1890
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Battles/wars Fenian Raids

Arthur James Matheson (December 1842 – January 25, 1913[1]) was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He served as a Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Lanark South from 1898 to 1913,[2] and was provincial treasurer from 1905 to 1913.

He was born in Perth, Canada West in 1845, the son of Roderick Matheson,[3] and educated at Upper Canada College and Trinity College, Toronto. Matheson studied law, was called to the bar in 1870 and set up practice in Perth. He was mayor of Perth in 1883 and 1884. Matheson served in the local militia, including service during the Fenian raids, and became lieutenant-colonel in 1886. Other than serving as provincial treasurer, Matheson was member of various house committees, including the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He died in office in 1913.

The geographical township of Matheson, part of Black River-Matheson Township, was named after Arthur Matheson.[4]


  1. ^ Who's Who 1914, p. xxiii, has 27 January as the date of death
  2. ^ "Street names clearly reflect town's military origins". Sep 29, 2011, Perth Courier
  3. ^ "Matheson House". Canada's Historic Places, retrieved Feb 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Matheson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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Preceded by:
George William Ross

Treasurer of Ontario

Succeeded by:
Isaac Benson Lucas