C. S. Hyman

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The Hon.
Charles Smith Hyman
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for London
In office
Preceded by John Carling
Succeeded by John Carling
In office
Preceded by Thomas Beattie
Succeeded by Thomas Beattie
Personal details
Born (1854-08-31)August 31, 1854
London, Canada West
Died October 8, 1926(1926-10-08) (aged 72)
Political party Liberal
Cabinet Minister Without Portfolio (1904–1905)
Minister of Public Works (1905–1907)
C. S. Hyman
Country (sports)  Canada
Residence Canada
Career titles 5 ATP
Career titles 0 ATP
Last updated on: July 25, 2016.

Charles Smith ("C.S.") Hyman, PC (August 31, 1854 – October 8, 1926) was a Canadian businessman, and notable politician and sportsman. He was a popular Tennis player and won a record 5 times Canadian Open until broken by Ivan Lendl with 6 trophies.

Early life and business[edit]

Born in London, Canada West, the son of Ellis Walton Hyman, a tanner and entrepreneur, and Annie Maria Niles, he was educated at Hellmuth Academy in London and then started a shoe factory with his father in 1874. In 1876, he married Elizabeth Birrell, and two years they had Idlewyld mansion built,[1] which is now an inn. Hyman was president of the London Board of Trade from 1881 to 1882. In 1916 he built a summer estate in Port Stanley Ontario on the shore of Lake Erie. He was also a tannery owner.[2]


Hyman was elected to London city council in 1882 and was mayor in 1884. He first ran as a Liberal candidate against John Carling for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1887 election for the riding of London and was defeated.

Hyman ran again in 1891 and was elected but the election was declared void and he was defeated in the resulting 1892 by-election. After losing again in 1896, he was elected in 1900 and was re-elected in 1904. From 1904 to 1905, he was a Minister without Portfolio. From 1905 to 1907, he was the Minister of Public Works. He resigned in 1907.


Hyman was an early Canadian tennis champion, capturing the national tennis championship (which has since evolved into the current Rogers Cup) 5 times in singles - for 1884, and for each year from 1886 through 1889. (Only Ivan Lendl surpassed this winning 6 titles from 1980-1989.) Hyman also captured two doubles titles, the 1886 final partnering I.F. Hellmuth, and the 1889 final playing alongside R.S. Wood. (No one has ever won a total of seven titles.)

Hyman was also an early captain of the Canadian national cricket team, quite possibly when on its 1887 England Tour.[1]

Hyman is said to have introduced the game bridge to Canada.[1]


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