James Brockett Tudhope

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James Brockett Tudhope
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Simcoe East
In office
1917–1921
Preceded by William Humphrey Bennett
Succeeded by Thomas Edward Manley Chew
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Simcoe East
In office
May 29, 1902 – November 13, 1911
Preceded by Andrew Miscampbell
Succeeded by James Irwin Hartt
Personal details
Born (1858-03-21)March 21, 1858
Oro Township, Canada West
Died February 3, 1936(1936-02-03) (aged 77)
Political party Unionist (Conservative and Liberal)
Other political
affiliations
Ontario Liberal Party
Residence Orillia, Ontario

James Brockett Tudhope (March 21, 1858 – February 3, 1936) was a Canadian manufacturer and politician.

Tudhope was born in Oro Township, Canada West in 1858, the son of William Tudhope, a carriage manufacturer, and Mary Reid. In 1897, he formed the Tudhope Carriage Company in Orillia with his brothers. In 1902, with partner Harry Anderson, Tudhope established a company which manufactured agricultural implements. Following a fire at the carriage factory, in 1909, he formed the Tudhope Motor Company which manufactured automobiles. Production was converted for military use during World War I and vehicle production was not resumed following the war. In 1928, a new company was formed that produced specialty metal products, such as electrical appliances. Following his death in 1936, his son took over the operation of the company.

Tudhope was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1902 for the provincial riding of Simcoe East. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1905 and 1908. In 1917, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the federal riding of Simcoe East.

Tudhope also served as reeve and mayor for Orillia. In 1966, he was inducted into the Orillia Hall of Fame.

Legacy[edit]

Tudhope Building, the former home of his auto company, later supplied military parts for two world wars, later used by Orillia Tudhope Anderson Company (OTACO) before shuttering the 1990.[1] In 1995 it was used briefly as headquarters for the Ontario Provincial Police and now home to Orillia City Hall.

Tudhope Park (J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park), a 65 acre public park and beach, was donated by the Tudhopes to the town.[2]

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