Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00147 - Denton Family Papers

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Denton Family Papers


  • 1909-1948 (Creation)

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1 box and mapcase

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James Herbert Denton (1865-1933) was born near Richmond Hill and was educated at Orangeville Institute and the University of Toronto. In 1894, he married Elizabeth W. Gundy, Toronto. After his graduation from law school in 1890, he practiced law in Toronto. In 1906, his “The Law of Municipal Negligence Respecting Highways” was published; it was widely used as a text and reference. In 1909, he was appointed judge in York County. He was appointed Senior Police Magistrate in 1921, but he resigned from this post in 1924. In 1929 he was appointed Senior County Judge in York County, a position which he held until his death. In addition to his legal and judicial duties he was also asked to make inquiries into various public matters and to conduct the required investigations. He was a member of the Toronto Public Library Board for five years, and chairman of the Board for one year. From 1904 to 1905 he was President of the Liberal Association of Toronto.

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A scrapbook of letters and clippings documenting the career of Judge Herbert Denton. It includes about one hundred letters and forty clippings. A separate group of thirteen letters is addressed to Denton's son, Samuel B.G. Denton, on the occasion of the death of his brother, Wilfrid H., in 1948.

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  • English

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