Erskine Henry Bronson

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Erskine Henry Bronson
Erskine Henry Bronson
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Born September 12, 1844
Bolton, New York, United States
Died October 19, 1920(1920-10-19) (aged 76)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation businessman, politician
Spouse(s) Ella W. Webster (m. 1874)

Erskine Henry Bronson (September 12, 1844 – October 19, 1920) was an American-born Canadian businessman and political figure. He represented the riding of Ottawa in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1886 to 1898.

He was born in Bolton, New York in 1844, the son of Henry Franklin Bronson, and came to Bytown with his family in 1853. Bronson was educated in Ottawa and New York City. He became a partner in the Bronsons and Weston Lumber Company in 1867 and took control of the company when his father died in 1889.

Bronson served on Ottawa City Council from 1872 to 1877[1] and was a provincial minister in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1886 to 1898.[2] He was also a public school board trustee for 18 years.

Bronson was president of the Ottawa Power Company, Limited. This resulted from his efforts to diversify the family business. The power house and power plant at Chaudière Falls which were erected in 1900 following the 1900 Hull–Ottawa fire were owned by this company.[3] Bronson also was responsible for the 1891 construction of Generating Station No. 2 at the falls.[4] He, with Gordon B. Pattee (a lumber baron), formed Standard Electric Light Company.[5] (This company was almost certainly actually called Standard Electric Company of Ottawa (Limited), formed in 1891 with Bronson as president, and Pattee as vice-president, which merged with others into the Ottawa Electric Company in 1894). Bronson was later director of the Ottawa Electric Company later absorbed by Ottawa Hydro. He served as Vice President of Ottawa Electric Company, Vice President of Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company, Limited and President of Upper Ottawa Improvement Company, Limited.[6] He was also president of "Bronson Company" and president of the Ottawa Carbide Company.[7]

Bronson was also noted as a philanthropist, supporting churches, missions and charities.[8]

Bronson retired from business in 1910. He died at Ottawa in 1920. He is buried in Beechwood Cemetery. A street in Ottawa, Bronson Avenue is named after him.[9]


Erskine H. Bronson married Ella W. Webster at Norfolk, Va., in 1874. Ella was the daughter of Prof. N. B. Webster, a cousin of the American statesman, Daniel Webster. She was a member of the Ottawa Council of Women since its first organization, and assisted in the establishment of the Associated Charities. She served as President of the Maternity Hospital, Ottawa, when it opened in 1895.[10]

Bronson had one son and one daughter.[7]

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  1. ^ Belden, H. & Co. (1971), Historical Sketch of the County of Carleton, Belleville: Mika Silk Screening Limited, ISBN 0-919302-12-2 
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  5. ^ *Lee, David (2006), Lumber Kings & Shantymen : Logging and Lumbering in the Ottawa Valley, James Lorimer & Company, p. 141, ISBN 978-1-55028-922-0 
  6. ^ Houston, W. R. (1912), Directory of Directors in Canada, Toronto: Houston's Standard Publications, retrieved 2011-10-20 
  7. ^ a b The Times (1910), The Canadian Who's Who, London, England: The Times, OCLC 63923076, retrieved 2011-10-11 
  8. ^ Keshen, Jeff; St-Onge, Nicole (2001), Ottawa: Making a Capital, Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, ISBN 0-7766-0521-6 
  9. ^ Brault, Lucien (1946), Ottawa Old and New, Ottawa historical information Institute, p. 311, OCLC 2947504 
  10. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]