William Barclay McMurrich
|William Barclay McMurrich|
|23rd Mayor of Toronto|
|Preceded by||James Beaty, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Radcliffe Boswell|
November 1, 1842|
Toronto, Canada West
|Died||February 9, 1939
|Resting place||Mount Pleasant Cemetery|
|Relations||John McMurrich, father
J. Playfair McMurrich, brother
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
William Barclay McMurrich (November 1, 1842 – February 9, 1939) was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was the mayor of Toronto from 1881 to 1882. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.
Born in Toronto, the son of John McMurrich and Janet Dixon, McMurrich was educated at Knox Academy and Upper Canada College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1863 and a Master of Arts degree in 1864 from the University of Toronto. He then studied law and was called to the Bar in 1866. He was a practicing lawyer.
In 1868, he was elected a public school trustee for the St. Andrew's ward and served in this position for eight years. In 1879, he was elected to the Toronto City Council for the St. Patrick's ward. In 1881, he was elected mayor of Toronto and re-elected in 1882. He did not run in 1883 instead was a candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of West Toronto in the 1882 federal election. He lost to James Beaty, Jr.
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- Mike Filey (1999). Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide. Dundurn Press Ltd. ISBN 1-55002-322-5.
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