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Finding Aid - William E. Middleton fonds (PF228)

William E. Middleton fonds

1862-1963

21.2 cm of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 9.2 x 5.7 cm mounted on mat 10 x 6 cm

Biographical Sketch
William Edward Middleton was born in Toronto on March 2, 1860, the first of nine children born to father William Middleton, an accountant, and his wife, Mary Ann Noverre. Much of his early childhood was spent in Montreal until the age of 10, when he returned with his family to Toronto. Middleton attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute from 1876 to 1877 and the University of Toronto from 1878 to 1879. He was admitted by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a student-at-law in 1879, sworn-in as a solicitor in Nov. 1884 and called to the Bar in 1885. Middleton spent his career as a lawyer working for firm Maclaren, Macdonald, Merrill and Shepley, which later became Macdonald, Shepley, Middleton and Donald. He was made a King's Counsel in 1908. In 1910 he was appointed to the High Court of Justice of Ontario (Chancery Division) and then to the High Court Division in Jan. 1913 following the abolition of the Chancery Division, a position he retained until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Ontario's Court of Appeal on Nov. 15, 1928. He remained on the Court of Appeal until his retirement on Jan. 7, 1943.

Middleton married Isabella Brown (also known as Isabel or Belle) on May 13, 1891. They had three children, Guy Noverre Middleton, John Gowans Middleton and Margaret Isabel McWilliams. William Middleton died in Toronto on Feb. 18, 1948.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records pertaining to William E. Middleton's early life and education, his marriage to Isabella (Isabel) Brown, his family, his involvement with St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Toronto, and his retirement from the bench. Records accumulated by Middleton's daughter, Margaret McWilliams, are also part of this fonds, including letters of condolence she received after his death. These records are correspondence, certificates, letterhead and envelopes, invitations, a notebook, cards and notes, programs, a menu, sermons, a baby book and newspaper clippings.
 
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Reference Code / Title / Date
2017003-001 Notes and lock of William Middleton's hair. -- 1862, 1897
2017003-01P Photograph of Augustin Noverre Middleton. -- [190-?]
2017003-002 Correspondence from Minnie Noverre. -- 1865-1870
2017003-003 Correspondence from William Middleton. -- 1870, 1872
2017003-004 Cards and notes. -- 1873-[193-?]
2017003-005 Pupil's certificate of admission. -- 14 Jan. 1876
2017003-006 Intermediate examination - passed candidate certificate. -- 16 Jan. 1878
2017003-007 Certificate - university exam - W.E.M.. -- 10 Oct. 1879
2017003-008 Certificate admitting William Edward Middleton as a solicitor of the High Court of Justice, Common Pleas Division. -- 18 Nov. 1884
2017003-009 Commission in the High Court of Justice for County of York: William Edward Middleton. -- 20 Nov. 1884
2017003-010 Pupil's certificate of admission. -- 11 Aug. 1886
2017003-011 Wedding invitation. -- 1891
2017003-012 Certificate of the marriage of Isabella Brown and William Middleton. -- 13 May 1891
2017003-013 Letter to William Middleton on the occasion of his marriage. -- 15 May 1891
2017003-014 Wedding invitation. -- 1892
2017003-015 Letter to William Middleton. -- 12 Oct. 1895
2017003-016 Notebook. -- 1909-1934, 1942
2017003-017 Correspondence from Margaret McWilliams. -- Jan.-June 1932
2017003-018 Letter to Matthew H. McWilliams. -- 14 Feb. 1933
2017003-019 Certificate of birth of Margaret Isabel Middleton. -- 1 June 1940
2017003-020 Baby book for David Gordon McWilliams. -- 1940-1945
2017003-021 University of Toronto: Convocation for the conferring of honorary degrees. -- 15 Dec. 1941
2017003-022 Newspaper clippings. -- 1943-1947
2017023-001 Correspondence . -- 1887-1912, 1935-1936
2017023-002 Dinner menu: The Cataract House, Niagara Falls, N.Y.. -- 20 May 1891
2017023-003 Programme of entertainment in aid of the seamen's orphanage. -- 9 Apr. 1892
2017023-004 In memoriam: Her Majesty Queen Victoria: died 22nd January, 1901. -- 1901
2017023-005 Letterhead and envelopes. -- [19--?]
2017023-006 Quotations. -- [19--?]
2017023-007 Business card: The Imperial Guarantee & Accident Insurance Company of Canada: M.H. McWilliams & Sons. -- [between 1930 and 1959]
2017023-008 Invitations. -- 1936, 1943
2017023-009 Condolence cards and letters. -- 1948
2017023-010 Correspondence sent to David McWilliams. -- 1958, 1962-1963
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