William James Paul

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William James Paul
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lennox and Addington
In office
1911–1921
Preceded by Uriah Wilson
Succeeded by Edward James Sexsmith
Ontario MPP
In office
1905–1911
Preceded by James Reid
Succeeded by William Black
Constituency Addington
Personal details
Born (1854-07-09)July 9, 1854
Camden, Canada West
Died September 1, 1929(1929-09-01) (aged 75)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political party Conservative
Occupation Farmer

William James Paul (July 9, 1854 – September 1, 1929) was a Canadian politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 1905–1911, and in the House of Commons, 1911–1921. He was a member of the Conservative Party for most of his life.

Born July 9, 1854 in Camden, Canada West, William was the first born of seven sons, and one daughter.[1] He was educated exclusively in the common schools of Camden and Sheffield.[2]

Before entering politics, W. J. Paul worked as a farmer, and within both the lumber industry and the cheese industry.[2] He began his political career in the Sheffield county council where he served as reeve or commissioner for approximately ten years.[2]

In 1905, he was elected by a significant majority to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as representative for the riding of Lennox and Addington. So popular was his candidacy that in the general election of 1908 he was returned to office without opposition.[2] As a member of the Provincial House, he served on a variety of Standing Committees, including Agriculture and Colonization, Standing Orders, and Privileges and Elections.

He was elected to the House of Commons on November 15, 1911 to serve in the Conservative Caucus. He continued on as a Conservative MP until the Conscription Crisis of 1917, when he joined with the newly formed Unionist Party. He was elected to serve in the Unionist Caucus on March 18, 1918, and finished his final term in the House of Commons on October 4, 1921.

Paul died September 1, 1929 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[1]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul Family Tree. Private Collection, Tamworth, Ontario. Confirmed in whole or in part by Canadian Census (1881, 1901, and 1911), and William James Paul – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c d History of the County of Lennox and Addington, Chapter XXI, Biographical Sketches, 1913, W.S. Herrington, K.C.

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