Arthur Radcliffe Boswell

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Arthur Radcliffe Boswell
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24th Mayor of Toronto
In office
Preceded by William Barclay McMurrich
Succeeded by Alexander Manning
Personal details
Born (1838-01-03)January 3, 1838
Cobourg, Upper Canada
Died May 16, 1925(1925-05-16) (aged 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Profession Lawyer

Arthur Radcliffe Boswell (3 January 1838 – 16 May 1925) was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He served one term as Mayor of Toronto. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.

Boswell was born in Cobourg, Upper Canada. His father was George Morse Jukes Boswell.[1] Boswell studied law, and became a member of the bar in 1865. He served two terms of chairman of the Public Library Board, and in 1876 he successfully ran for a seat on the Toronto City Council. In 1882 he ran for Mayor; his opponent was John Jacob Withrow, a former Toronto Alderman who was instrumental in bringing Toronto's first industrial fair to fruition (1879).[2] Boswell won the election by 5 votes, and served one term (January 1883 – January 1885).[3] He did not stand for re-election.

In 1911 Boswell was appointed Superintendent of Insurance for Ontario and Registrar of Loan Companies.[4]


  1. ^ Victor Loring Russell (1982). Mayors of Toronto: 1834-1899. Boston Mills Press. ISBN 0-919822-77-0. 
  2. ^ Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, entry for John Jacob Withrow
  3. ^ List of Leaders of Canadian Cities
  4. ^ John Ross Robertson (1917). Landmarks of Canada: what art has done for Canadian history : a guide to the J. Ross Robertson Historical Collection in the Public Reference Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Trustees of the Public Library.