Edward Frederick Clarke

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Edward Frederick Clarke
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Toronto
In office
26th Mayor of Toronto
In office
Preceded by William Holmes Howland
Succeeded by Robert John Fleming
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for West Toronto
In office
Serving with Edmund Boyd Osler
Preceded by Frederick Charles Denison
Succeeded by Edmund Boyd Osler
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Toronto Centre
In office
Preceded by William Rees Brock
Succeeded by Edmund James Bristol
Personal details
Born (1850-04-24)April 24, 1850
Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland
Died March 3, 1905(1905-03-03) (aged 54)
Political party Historical
Other political
Conservative Party of Ontario

Edward Frederick Clarke (April 24, 1850 – March 3, 1905) was an Ontario journalist and political figure. He represented Toronto in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1886 to 1894 and West Toronto from 1896 to 1904 and Toronto Centre from 1904 to 1905 in the Canadian House of Commons as a Conservative member. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.

He was born in Bailieboro, County Cavan, Ireland in 1850, the son of merchant Richard Clarke, and came to Toronto in 1864 after the death of his father. He apprenticed as a printer with the Toronto Globe, later working with The Toronto Mail. In 1872, he was one of the leaders of a printers' strike in the city. Clarke was the editor and publisher of the Sentinel, a weekly newspaper associated with the Orange Order, which was widely distributed throughout North America between 1877 and 1896.[1] In 1884, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Scott. He also served as mayor of Toronto and was the manager of the Excelsior Life Insurance Company of Toronto.

He died at home in Toronto in 1905.


  1. ^ Thomson, Andrew (1983). The Sentinel and Orange and Protestant Advocate, 1877-1896: An Orange view of Canada (M.A. thesis) Wilfrid Laurier University

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