William Henry Comstock

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William Henry Comstock
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brockville
In office
Preceded byJohn Fisher Wood
Succeeded byDaniel Derbyshire
Personal details
Born(1830-08-01)August 1, 1830
Batavia, New York, USA
DiedMarch 9, 1919(1919-03-09) (aged 88)
Political partyLiberal

William Henry Comstock (August 1, 1830 – March 9, 1919) was an American/Canadian businessman and politician.

Born in Batavia, New York, Comstock was educated in Flushing, New York, and on leaving school started work as a clerk. He started his business in 1854, William H. Comstock Company, Ltd., which sold patent medicine including Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills, Dead Shot Pellets and McKenzus Dead Shot Worm Candy. He was a town councillor and mayor of Brockville, Ontario. He twice ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for the House of Commons of Canada for the riding of Brockville in the 1882 and 1887 elections, before being elected in an 1899 by-election resulting from the death of the sitting MP, John Fisher Wood. He did not run in 1900.