William Henderson (Ontario)

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William J. Henderson
Member of Parliament
for Kingston City
In office
June 1949 – August 1953
Preceded by Thomas Kidd
Succeeded by District redistributed
Member of Parliament
for Kingston
In office
August 1953 – March 1958
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Edgar Benson
Personal details
Born William James Henderson
(1916-10-13)13 October 1916
Empress, Alberta
Died 15 May 2006(2006-05-15) (aged 89)
Kingston, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Helen MacDougall (m. 1943-1982, her death)[1]
Profession barrister, judge, lawyer

William James Henderson OBE[2] (13 October 1916 – 15 May 2006) was a Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Empress, Alberta and became a barrister, lawyer and Supreme Court of Ontario judge.

He studied at Queen's University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938. In 1942, he was formally installed as a lawyer after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School.[1] During this time, he also served in the Canadian Forces from 1939, including some service in World War II, joining the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1942 before his discharge in 1946. He remained a reservist until 1952.[1] He received an Order of the British Empire for his work in re-establishing a functioning judicial system in the Netherlands following World War II.[2]

Henderson was first elected at the Kingston City riding in the 1949 general election. After a redistribution of electoral districts, Henderson was re-elected for successive Parliamentary terms in at the Kingston riding in the 1953 and 1957 elections. He was defeated in the 1958 election by Benjamin Allmark of the Progressive Conservative party.

In 1965, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario.[3] He is also considered a founder of Amherstview, a suburban community near Kingston.[1] He was also named to the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.[4]

Henderson died at Kingston General Hospital on 15 May 2006, aged 89.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "W.J. Henderson: 1916-2006: A philanthropist, a politician, a friend to all". Kingston Whig-Standard. 16 May 2009. p. 1. 
  2. ^ a b "The Late Justice William J. Henderson, OBE". Debates of the Senate (Hansard). Parliament of Canada. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  3. ^ Lukits, Ann (28 June 2005). "KGH honours Henderson for decades of generosity: Retired judge given inaugural Davies Award". Kingston Whig-Standard. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "William J. Henderson". Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame. 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 

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