William James Stewart

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William James Stewart
Member of Provincial Parliament
In office
Preceded by Lloyd F. K. Fell
Succeeded by James Beecham Trotter
Constituency Parkdale
Member of Provincial Parliament
In office
Preceded by Frederick George McBrien
Succeeded by Lloyd F. K. Fell
Constituency Parkdale
43rd Mayor of Toronto
In office
Preceded by Bert Wemp
Succeeded by James Simpson
Constituency Old City of Toronto
Personal details
Born (1899-02-13)February 13, 1899
Died September 18, 1969(1969-09-18) (aged 70)
Political party Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Residence Toronto
Occupation Funeral home director

William James Stewart (February 13, 1889 – September 18, 1969) was a Canadian politician. Stewart also owned and operated the Bates and Dodds Funeral Home on Queen Street West in Toronto.

Political life[edit]

Mayor of Toronto[edit]

Stewart at the opening of the Toronto Coach Terminal in 1931

Stewart served as Mayor of Toronto from 1931 until 1934. He entered provincial politics in 1937 when he ran for the leadership of the Ontario Conservative Party. He came in third place behind Earl Rowe and George Drew. He was elected in a by-election on October 5, 1938 as Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Parkdale in Toronto's west end.[1]

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

Following the 1943 election that brought the George Drew's Tories to power, Stewart became Speaker of the legislature, a difficult task as the Progressive Conservatives (as they were known by then) had only a minority government. He was reappointed Speaker following the 1945 election until he suddenly resigned in March 1947 to become a backbench Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).

Backbencher and committee member[edit]

Stewart became a backbencher and went on to serve on various committees, serving as Chairman of the Select Committee on Reform Institutions from 1953 to 1955. He remained a member of the legislature until the 1959 election when his Parkdale seat was won by a Liberal. Stewart served until 1948 when he lost to CCF candidate Lloyd Fell. He regained his seat in the 1951 provincial election election and remained until his retirement in 1959.

Family Connection[edit]

Stewart is the uncle of former Toronto Fire Services Chief William Albert Stewart and brother to Thomas Beamish Stewart.


  1. ^ "William James Stewart, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Leglislative Assembly of Ontario. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-29.