Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
March 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Sir William Mortimer Clark


Clark, Sir William Mortimer (1836-1917), lieutenant-governor of Ontario (1903-8), was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on May 24, 1836, the son of John Clark. He was educated at Marischall College, Aberdeen, and at Edinburgh University, and became a writer to the signet in 1859. In 1859 he came to Canada, and in 1861 he was admitted to the bar of Ontario (Q.C., 1887). In 1888 he was vice-president of the Equal Rights Association; and he was a political ally of D'Alton McCarthy. From 1903 to 1908 he was lieutenant-governor of Ontario ; and he was created a knight bachelor in 1907. He died at Prout's Neck, Maine, on August 11, 1917. In 1866 he married Helen, daughter of Gilbert Gordon; and by her he had one son and two daughters. He was an LL.D., of the University of Toronto (1902) and of Queen's University, Kingston (1903). From 1880 to his death he was chairman of the board of management of Knox College, Toronto.

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 75.


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