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Henry Sherwood

Birthplace: Augusta Twsp, 1654313, Ontario, Canada
Death: July 07, 1855 (47-48)
Bad Kissingen, Kingdom of Bavaria
Immediate Family:

Son of Levius Peters Sherwood and Charlotte Sherwood
Husband of Mary Sherwood
Brother of Samuel Sherwood; Charlotte Sherwood; George Sherwood; Amelia Sherwood; Helen Mary Sherwood and 2 others

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About Henry Sherwood

Henry Sherwood, QC (1807 – July 7, 1855) was a lawyer and Tory politician in the Province of Canada. He was involved in provincial and municipal politics. Born into a Loyalist family in Brockville in Augusta Township, Upper Canada, he studied law and was called to the bar of Upper Canada in 1828. In 1838, he was appointed Queen's Counsel. Sherwood was part of the Family Compact, the inter-connected families of strong British and Loyalist sympathies which dominated the government of Upper Canada in the early years of the 19th century

Sherwood was a member of the provincial Parliament of Upper Canada, elected in 1836, and subsequently was elected to the Parliament of the Province of Canada, although defeated in his first election attempt in 1841. He held the positions of Solicitor-General of Canada West and Joint Premier of the Province of Canada. He was also involved in municipal politics in Toronto. He was elected to the town council of Toronto in 1841, and was elected to three annual terms as Mayor of Toronto by the council, serving from 1842 to 1844. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.

Sherwood was involved in two political riots. While serving his articles under the Attorney General of Upper Canada, he was one of the rioters in the Types Riot, which destroyed the printing press of William Lyon Mackenzie, publisher of the reform newspaper, the Colonial Advocate. The second riot occurred after his initial defeat in provincial elections in 1841, in which a man was shot dead. The assailant fired the shot from a tavern owned by Sherwood's brother, Samuel Sherwood.

Suffering from ill health, Henry Sherwood died in Bavaria in 1855 while travelling in Europe, at the age of 48.

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Augusta Twsp, 1654313, Ontario, Canada
July 7, 1855
Age 48
Bad Kissingen, Kingdom of Bavaria