Valentine Ratz

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The Hon.
Valentine Ratz
Valentine Ratz.jpg
Senator for Parkhill, Ontario
In office
January 18, 1909 – March 1, 1924
Appointed by Wilfrid Laurier
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Middlesex North
In office
Preceded by William Henry Hutchins
Succeeded by John Sherritt
In office
Preceded by John Sherritt
Succeeded by Alexander Wilson Smith
Personal details
Born (1848-11-12)November 12, 1848
St. Jacobs, County of Waterloo, Canada West
Died March 1, 1924(1924-03-01) (aged 75)
Guelph, Ontario
Political party Liberal

Valentine Ratz (November 12, 1848 – March 1, 1924) was a Canadian lumber merchant and politician in the province of Ontario.[1]

Born in St. Jacobs, County of Waterloo, Canada West,[1] the son of Jacob Ratz, Ratz received his education at Pine Hill Public School. As a lumber merchant, he was President of the South River Lumber Company of Parry Sound District. In 1879 he entered the municipal council of the Township of Stephen and was Deputy Reeve and Reeve. He was also elected Warden of the County of Huron in 1886.[2] In 1873, Ratz married Mary Yagers.[3] He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the electoral district of Middlesex North in the general election of 1896. A Liberal, he was defeated in the 1900 federal election and was re-elected in the 1904 federal election. He was summoned to the Senate of Canada for the senatorial division of Parkhill, Ontario on the advice of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier in 1909.[1] He served until his death in Guelph in 1924.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Valentine Ratz – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ "Personnel of the Senate and House of Commons, eighth Parliament of Canada, elected June 23, 1896". Internet Archive. 1898. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.