William Dennis

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William Dennis
Member of the Senate of Canada for Halifax, Nova Scotia division
In office
20 November 1912 – 11 July 1920
Personal details
Born (1856-03-04)4 March 1856
Cornwall, England, UK
Died 11 July 1920(1920-07-11) (aged 64)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA[1]
Political party Independent Conservative
Spouse(s) Agnes Miller
Residence Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Profession editor, journalist, publisher

William Dennis (4 March 1856 – 11 July 1920) was an Independent Conservative member of the Senate of Canada. He was born in the English county of Cornwall and became an editor, journalist and publisher.


The son of John Dennis and Mary Parnall, he was self-educated and came to Canada in 1873, settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dennis married Agnes Miller in 1873. He was a reporter for the Halifax Herald from 1875 to 1881, a news editor from 1883 to 1900, and became editor in chief and president in 1890. From 1881 to 1883, he was an editor for the Winnipeg Sun. Dennis also served on the Halifax town council.[1]

He was appointed to the Senate for the Halifax, Nova Scotia division on 20 November 1912 following nomination by Prime Minister Robert Borden. Dennis remained a Senator until his death on 11 July 1920.

In 1878, Dennis married Agnes Miller.[2] His daughter Clara produced a series of travel books on Nova Scotia illustrated with her own photographs.[3]

His nephew William Henry Dennis also served in the Canadian senate.[4]


  1. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  2. ^ "Agnes Dennis fonds". MemoryNS. 
  3. ^ "Dennis, Clara". Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. 
  4. ^ William Dennis – Parliament of Canada biography