William Hallett Ray

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William Hallett Ray
William Hallett Ray
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Annapolis
In office
1867 – 1878
Preceded by Electoral district established
Succeeded by Avard Longley
In office
1882 – 1887
Preceded by Avard Longley
Succeeded by John B. Mills
Personal details
Born May 25, 1825
Clementsport, Nova Scotia
Died May 7, 1909(1909-05-07) (aged 83)
Clementsport, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Anti-Confederate (September 20, 1867-January 29, 1869), Liberal (January 30, 1869-)
Occupation farmer, merchant

William Hallett Ray (May 25, 1825 – May 7, 1909) was a Canadian politician, farmer, and merchant.

Born in Clementsport, Annapolis Valley,[1] where he worked as a farmer and a merchant, Ray was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Annapolis County in an 1864 by-election held after James William Johnston was named to the bench.[2] He was first elected to represent the Annapolis electoral district in the Canadian House of Commons on September 20, 1867, and remained in office until his defeat in September 1878. Ray was re-elected for one more term in the June 1882 elections. He was a member of the Anti-Confederation Party until January 1869, when he left it for the Liberal Party.[1] In 1887, Ray was named to the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia.[2]

He married Henrietta Ditmars in 1848. Ray also served as lieutenant-colonel in the county militia.[2]

He died in Clementsport at the age of 83.[3]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1887
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative John B. Mills 1,758
Liberal William Hallett Ray 1,730
Canadian federal election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal William Hallett Ray 1,430
Unknown R.E. Fitzrandolph 1,368
Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Avard Longley 1,301
Liberal William Hallett Ray 1,298
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal William Hallett Ray 878
Unknown T.W. Chesley 220
Canadian federal election, 1872
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal William Hallett Ray 1,129
Conservative Avard Longley 1,019
Canadian federal election, 1867: Annapolis
Party Candidate Votes %
Anti-Confederation William Hallett Ray 1,171 53.54
Conservative Avard Longley 1,016 46.46
Total valid votes 2,187 100.00  
This electoral district was created by the British North America Act, 1867 from the colonial Province of Nova Scotia'a Annapolis electoral district. Both Avard Longley and William Hallett Ray were incumbents, along with George Whitman.
Source: Library of Parliament[4]


  1. ^ a b William Hallett Ray – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1897, AJ Gemmill
  3. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  4. ^ Library of Parliament. "History of Federal Ridings since 1867, Annapolis, Nova Scotia (1867 - 1917)". Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Annapolis
Succeeded by
Avard Longley
Preceded by
Avard Longley
Member of Parliament for Annapolis
Succeeded by
John B. Mills