Collection 2013-25 - Materials relating to Colonel William Nisbet Ponton

Correspondence and drawing Printed materials

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CA ON00156 2013-25


Materials relating to Colonel William Nisbet Ponton


  • 1901-1937 (Creation)

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3cm of textual and photographic records

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William Nisbet Ponton, born in 1856 at Belleville, Ontario, was educated at Upper Canada College, the University of Toronto, B.A. 1877, M.A. 1878, and Osgoode Hall. He practised law in Belleville where he specialized in the administration of property and estates, and served for 27 years on the Belleville Board of Education in addition to acting as Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.

Ponton was an executive of the Associated Boards of Trade of Ontario. Registrar of the Canadian Bar Association, President of the Ontario Bar Association, a member of the Council of the Canadian Red Cross, Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada A.F. & A.M., a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Empire Society, a Senator of the University of Toronto, Vice-President of the Old Boys' Association of Upper Canada College, and a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He commanded the 15th Battalion, Argyll Light Infantry, from 1892 to 1901.

He lived in Sidney Cottage on Trent Road (now known as Dundas Street West).

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Items found in the Corbyville Books store, owned by the donor's parents, Kay and Harry Ellis.

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Donated by Marian Sowa in April 2013.

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Photographs, correspondence and printed items formerly owned by William Nisbet Ponton.

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