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Accession Number: 75-001


T.H. Stinson family fonds. -- 1904-1935. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- ca. 75 photographs. -- ca. 50 prints: postcards.

Biography / History

Thomas H. Stinson was born February 26, 1883, at Minden, Ontario, the son of T. Stinson and Victoria Henderson. He was educated at Minden Public School, Lindsay Collegiate, University of Toronto, and Osgoode Hall. He married Ella E. Robson, daughter of Lindsay lawyer William Robson, on July 14, 1910. Stinson was a lawyer and conservative politician. He was the Crown Attorney for Victoria and Haliburton Counties from 1913 to 1921; the solicitor for the two counties, as well as the town of Lindsay; Governor of Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Ontario; Director (later President) of Victoria and Grey Trust Company; Director of Cole Manufacturing Company; and Director of Penny Bank of Ontario. In his political career, he was elected M.P. for Victoria riding in the general elections of 1925, 1926, and 1930. It is unknown as to when he passed away.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Margot J. Fawcett before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of memorabilia from the 1913 Christian North American Tour; correspondence of Mrs. T.H. Stinson; notes from T.H. Stinson's legal education (1904-1910); correspondence and scrapbook regarding the 1921 election; notes and file on the 1930 general election; material from Conservative Party Caucus Study Club; newspaper clippings regarding the depression and the Bennett government; memoranda; correspondence regarding the riding organization (1933-1935); and House of Commons materials. There are postcards which depict scenes of Canada and the United States, from approximately 1920.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

The fonds was donated by Margot J. Fawcett.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

The photographs are not identified.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1. Memorabilia from the 1913 Christian North American Tour

2. Mrs. T.H. Stinson - correspondence, bills, etc., re: Independent Order, Daughters of the Empire.

3. Stinson family: Chapter Sketch of Man, by Wm. Robson, 1912-13, 37 p., a copy.

Box 2


1. T.H. Stinson - notes from legal education, nd, 1904, 1909.

2. T.H. Stinson - legal notes, nd., 1908, 1909, 1909. /2/3 T.H. Stinson - legal notes, 1909, 1910.

Box 3


1. T.H. Stinson - legal file, and addresses on Hydro in Ontario Municipalities (1916)

2. 1921 Election - correspondence and campaign scrapbook; liberal party platform, 1919.

3. Clippings on the depression, Bennett Government; and notes on the Gold Standard; memo on hog and cattle marketing, 1933-34; materials re: flour milling, the tariff, and the budget, 1928 (Feb.)

4. File cover, with notes from 1930 general election campaign.

5. campaign file, 1930 general election. /

6. material from Conservative Party Caucus Study Club: - O. D. Skelton - "The Present Situation in the World", nd. - A. Meighen "Depression" 31 January, 1934 - W.C. Clark "The Central Bank" 27 February, 1934. - Hon. W. Gordon "Deportation of Aliens" 20 March, 1934 - Canadian Prisoners' Welfare Association "Penitentiaries Situation" - A. Meighen - The Greatest Englishman of History (given to National Council of Education Montreal), 1935.

7. CNR Central Region Income Tax (Dominion) of Trainmen, 1926. Post Office Rural Directory of the Electoral District of Victoria, Ontario, March, 1935.

8. correspondence, 1933-35, re: riding organization, plus draft speech on tourist trade.

9. House of Commons materials on: - investment and corporate interconnections on Director of the Bank of Montreal, 18 Jan. 1928 - "The Spiders' Wed" - "Members of Parliament in the Commercial and Industrial Capitalist Group", House of Commons, 29 December 1927, 9 Feb. 1928.