William Black (Ontario politician)

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William Black
William David Black.jpg
Portrait by Edmund Wyly Grier
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by William James Paul
Succeeded by John Pringle
Constituency Addington
Personal details
Born (1867-10-17)October 17, 1867
Dundas County, Ontario
Died October 24, 1944(1944-10-24) (aged 77)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Georgia R. Griffith
Occupation Railway trackman

William David Black (October 17, 1867[1] – October 24, 1944[2]) was speaker of the Legislature of Ontario in 1927-1929 and served as Conservative MLA for Addington from 1911 to 1943.

He was born in Dundas County, Ontario, the son of William Black.[1] After leaving the family farm, Black worked as a trackman for the Canadian Pacific Railway.[2] In 1892, he married Georgia R. Griffith.[1] Black moved to Parham in 1894, where he operated a general store and worked as a contractor. He was also involved in lumbering and contracting in the Temagami region.[2] Black served on the municipal council for Parham and was a justice of the peace and an issuer of marriage licenses. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the Agricultural Society.[1]

He retired from politics in 1943 due to health problems. Black died in Ottawa the following year at the age of 76.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Chambers, E J (1915). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dale, Clare A (1992). Whose servant I am" : speakers of the assemblies of the province of Upper Canada, Canada and Ontario, 1792-1992. Toronto: Ontario Legislative Library. pp. 222–24. 

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