William Hales Hingston

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Sir William Hales Hingston
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16th Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded by Aldis Bernard
Succeeded by Jean-Louis Beaudry
Senator for Rougemont
In office
Preceded by William Henry Chaffers
Succeeded by Georges-Casimir Dessaulles
Personal details
Born 29 June 1829
Hinchinbrooke, Lower Canada
Died 19 February 1907(1907-02-19) (aged 77)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Profession physician, surgeon

Sir William Hales Hingston, KCB (29 June 1829 – 19 February 1907) was a Canadian physician, politician, banker, and Senator.


Born in Hinchinbrooke near Huntingdon, Quebec, he received his MDCM from McGill University in 1851.

In 1875, he became Mayor of Montreal and was re-elected by acclamation for a second and final term.

He was president of the Montreal City and District Savings Bank (today the Laurentian Bank of Canada).

In 1896, he was appointed to the Senate representing the senatorial division of Rougemont, Quebec. He sat as a Conservative and died in office.

He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1895. Pius IX made him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1875.


Lady Margaret Hingston by William Notman

He married Margaret Josephine Macdonald, the daughter of Donald Alexander Macdonald, and Catherine Fraser, at Toronto, Ontario 16 September 1875, Margaret was born at Alexandria, Ont., and educated in Montreal. Lady Hingston volunteered for the St. Patrick's Orphan Asylum and the Catholic Sailors' Club. She served as a director of the Women's Historical Society, and Vice-President of the Aberdeen Association, Montreal. She was a founder and later President, of the Society of Decorative Art. She championed the preservation of Mount Royal Park, and served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Parks and Play-grounds Association. She was identified with the movement for the prevention of tuberculosis.[1]

Their oldest son, William F. Hingston (1877–1964), was rector of Loyola College from 1918 to 1925.



  1. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]