Henry John Cody

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Henry John Cody
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6th President of the University of Toronto
In office
Preceded by Robert Falconer
Succeeded by Sidney Earle Smith
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
In office
Preceded by Robert Allan Pyne
Succeeded by Alexander Cameron Lewis
Constituency Toronto Northeast - Seat A
Personal details
Born (1868-12-06)December 6, 1868
Embro, Ontario
Died April 27, 1951(1951-04-27) (aged 82)
Alma mater University of Toronto

Henry John Cody (December 6, 1868 – April 27, 1951) was a Canadian clergyman and President of the University of Toronto from 1932 to 1945 and Chancellor from 1944 to 1947.

Born in Embro, Ontario, the eldest son of Elijah Cody and Margaret Louisa Torrance, he attended Gait Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a Church of England priest in 1894 and later served in Toronto at St. Paul's, Bloor Street.

Public life[edit]

He was an Ontario MPP for Toronto Northeast — Seat A from 1918 to 1920 and was Minister of Education from 1918 to 1919.

Academic life[edit]

Cody maintained a great interest in the University of Toronto throughout his life. He was a member of the Royal Commission on the University of Toronto which reported in 1906,[1] and later was the Chairman of the Royal Commission on University Finances that reported in 1921.[2] In 1917 he was appointed a member of the University of Toronto's board of governors, and from 1923 to 1932 served as Chairman. He would later become President of the university in 1932, and then its Chancellor in 1944.


He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1943.

Cody's son, Maurice, has a K-6 school named after him in Toronto. At the University of Toronto Schools, the Cody house in the intramural house system is named in his honour.

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Preceded by
Robert Pyne
MLA for Toronto Northeast - Seat A
Succeeded by
Alexander Cameron Lewis
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Pyne
Minister of Education of Ontario
Succeeded by
Robert Grant
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Falconer
President of the University of Toronto
Succeeded by
Sidney Earle Smith
Preceded by
William Mulock
Chancellor of the University of Toronto
Succeeded by
Vincent Massey