George William Allan

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For the Canadian Member of Parliament born in 1860, see George William Allan (Manitoba politician).
George William Allan
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The Hon. George William Allan, P.C.
11th Mayor of Toronto
In office
Preceded by Joshua George Beard
Succeeded by John Beverley Robinson
Canadian Senator
In office
October 23, 1867 – July 24, 1901
Constituency York, Ontario
Personal details
Born (1822-01-09)January 9, 1822
Township of York
Died July 24, 1901(1901-07-24) (aged 79)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Louisa Maud Robinson
Religion Anglican

George William Allan, PC (January 9, 1822 – July 24, 1901) was a Canadian politician. His mother Leah Tyrer, daughter of Dr. John Gamble, married Hon. William Allan, of York (Toronto), U.C. Allan's father, William, was a pioneer who settled what was then the Township of York during John Graves Simcoe's term as Governor. William Allan eventually became the city's first postmaster and was appointed to the Legislative Council of Upper Canada and was a supporter of the Family Compact. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.

George William Allan attended Upper Canada College and served with the Bank Rifle Corps when it helped put down the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. He went on to study law and was called to the bar in 1846 when he also married his first wife, Louisa Maud Robinson.

Allan travelled extensively before beginning his law practice. He toured Europe, the Nile River, Syria, the Holy Land, Turkey and Greece giving him a lifelong appreciation of travel and winning him election to the Royal Geographic Society.

He was a Toronto alderman from 1849 until 1855, when he was elected the 11th Mayor of Toronto. In 1858, he entered national politics representing York on the Legislative Council until Canadian Confederation. In 1867 he was nominated to the Canadian Senate as one of its first members and sat as a Conservative. In 1869 he was appointed government trustee for municipal bond fund of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway. He was chairman of the Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce for many years and was Speaker from 1888 until 1891. He remained in the Upper House until his death in 1901.

Allan's interests included education, science, culture and art. He was the most important patron of the artist, Paul Kane, enabling him to live a life as a professional artist, and presided over such bodies as the Royal Canadian Institute, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Ontario Historical Society. He served as chancellor of Trinity College. He donated to the city of Toronto a piece of land which formed the nucleus of Allan Gardens. He was also active in the Synod of the Church of England, and was president of the Upper Canada Bible Society. He died in 1901, aged 83 at his residence, Moss Park, in Toronto.


Leah Allan, mother of William Allan

His mother Mrs. Leah Tyrer Allan, the daughter of Dr. John Gamble, died at Toronto, October I7th, 1848, aged 58.[1]

After the death of his first wife, he married Adelaide Schreiber, with whom he had 6 children: George William Allan, Jr., Arthur, Bingham, Maye, Maude, and Audrey.


  1. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]

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Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Sir John Beverley Robinson
President of the Royal Canadian Institute Succeeded by
William Henry Draper
Academic offices
Preceded by
The Hon. John Hillyard Cameron
Chancellor of the University of Trinity College
Succeeded by
Christopher Robinson