John Lewis (Archbishop of Ontario)

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John Travers Lewis
Bishop of Ontario
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Diocese Ontario
Installed 1861
Term ended 1901
Predecessor Inaugural appointment
Successor William Lennox Mills
Personal details
Born (1825-06-20)June 20, 1825
Garrycloyne Castle, near Cork (Republic of Ireland)
Died May 6, 1901(1901-05-06) (aged 75)
at sea en route to England

John Travers Lewis (June 20, 1825 – May 6, 1901) was a Church of England clergyman, archbishop, and author. He was the Archbishop of Ontario, third Metropolitan of (Eastern) Canada, and the first Bishop of Ontario (Kingston).[1]

Born in Garrycloyne Castle, near Cork (Republic of Ireland), the eldest son of the Reverend John Lewis and Rebecca Olivia Lawless, Lewis studied at Trinity College, Dublin.[2] He was made a Deacon in 1848 and a priest in 1849. He served as priest at Newtownbutler in County Fermanagh, before emigrating to Canada in 1849 to be with his mother who emigrated the year earlier. He was posted to Hawkesbury[3] and later in 1854 to Brockville. In 1861, he was appointed the first Bishop of Ontario (Kingston). In 1893, he became metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Canada and then Archbishop of Ontario. He resigned in 1900.[4]


Mrs Charlotte Sherwood Hamilton (née Lewis)

John Travers Lewis married Annie Henrietta Marguerite, daughter of Henry Sherwood, at one time Attorney-General for Upper Canada. Their son, Travers Lewis, was a barrister in Ottawa. Their eldest daughter, Charlotte Sherwood Lewis, was born at Brockville, Ontario, and educated at Toronto, Ontario. She married Robert Craigie Hamilton, son of Col. George Hamilton of Hawkesbury, Ont., at Ottawa, Ontario on April 28, 1875. Their eldest daughter (born in Montreal) married Wilfrid Sergeant. Their son served as a midshipman and Captain's A.D.C. on H.M.S. Irresistible.[5]


  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Canada's peoples" Magocsi,PR: Multicultural History Society of Ontario, University of Toronto Press, 1999 ISBN 0-8020-2938-8
  2. ^ Biography by wife
  3. ^ Pioneer clergymen at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009)
  4. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]

"John Lewis". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.