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Biography - Henry Sherwood

Henry Sherwood (b.1807-d.1855)
Mayor of Toronto - 1842-1844

Henry Sherwood, lawyer and provincial politician, moved to municipal politics and was alderman of St. David's Ward when chosen as Toronto's 7th mayor in 1842. He stayed very active in provincial politics while mayor. He became the solicitor general of Canada in the summer of 1842 and again during his second term as mayor.

He was a successful mayor. Credit belongs to the committees, but he was the mayor that oversaw the regulation of the market, paving the streets and collecting taxes. In 1842, 94 gas lights illuminated King and Yonge Streets and a waterworks was underway.

Mayor Sherwood saw that the current Town Hall was too small for the growing civic government and the plans were drawn for Toronto's first municipal offices. Construction began on the new City Hall in the summer of 1844 at Jarvis and Front Streets.

Sherwood sat on city council after his final mayoralty term until 1849 then continued on with provincial politics for a few more years.

Mayors of Toronto, Volume 1, 1834-1899
by Victor Loring Russell
Published by: The Boston Mills Press