George Ryerson

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George Ryerson
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Ontario MPP
In office
1894–1898
Preceded by Riding re-established
Succeeded by Robert Pyne
Constituency Toronto East
In office
1893–1894
Preceded by Henry Clarke
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Toronto
Personal details
Born (1855-01-21)January 21, 1855
Toronto, Canada West
Died May 20, 1925(1925-05-20) (aged 70)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Conservative Party (1893-1894)
Conservative-Protestant Protective Association (1894-1898)
Spouse(s) Mary Amelia Crowther (m.1882-d.1915)
Elizabeth Van Hook Thomas (m.1916-d.1924)
Relations Egerton Ryerson, Uncle
Children 5
Profession Surgeon
Military service
Allegiance Canadian
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1885
Rank Assistant surgeon
Unit Royal Grenadiers (10th battalion)
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battles/wars Northwest Rebellion

George Sterling Ansel Ryerson (January 21, 1855 – May 20, 1925) was an Ontario physician, businessman and political figure. He represented Toronto in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1893 to 1898 as a Conservative and then Conservative-Protestant Protective Association member.

Background[edit]

He was born in Toronto in 1855, the son of George Ryerson and Isabella Dorcas Sterling, and studied in Galt and then at the Trinity Medical School in Toronto, receiving his MD in 1876. He continued his studied in Europe. In 1880, he set up practice in Toronto and also lectured on eye, ear and throat diseases at Trinity Medical School. Ryerson was also surgeon at the Andrew Mercer Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was surgeon with the Royal Grenadiers (10th battalion), serving during the Northwest Rebellion. Ryerson helped found the Association of Medical Officers of the Canadian Militia and served as president from 1908 to 1909. He was later named honorary colonel for the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Ryerson helped establish the St John Ambulance Association in Ontario and the Canadian Red Cross Society.

On November 14, 1882 he married Mary Amelia Crowther, daughter of barrister James Crowther. They had five children: George Crowther (born 1883), Yoris Sterling (born 1886), Eric Egerton (born 1888), Arthur Connaught (born 1890), and Laura Mary (born 1893). His wife's sister, Sarah Ellen Crowther, married the Right Hon. Sir William Mulock, PC, KCMG, KC, MP, afterwards Post-Master-General and Chief Justice of Ontario. Mary Crowther Ryerson and daughter Laura were passengers aboard the Lusitania when it was sunk off the Irish coast in May 1915. Laura survived, Mary did not.

On June 8, 1916, he remarried to Elizabeth Van Hook Thomas, daughter of Edwin Ross Thomas. Ryerson retired from his medical practice in 1920 and moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Elizabeth died on September 4, 1924. Ryerson died of a heart attack in Toronto in 1925.

Politics[edit]

He was elected to the legislative assembly in an 1893 by-election and reelected in 1894. He did not run in 1898 due to poor health. In 1896, Ryerson helped establish the United Empire Loyalist Association of Ontario. In 1902, he failed to secure nomination by the Conservative Party when he attempted to run for election in Toronto North.

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