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James Arthurs (4 October 1866 – 7 October 1937) was a Canadian senator for the Conservative party, representing the province of Ontario.

The Hon.

James Arthurs
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Parry Sound
In office
Preceded byRobert James Watson
Succeeded byArthur Slaght
Senator for Ontario, Ontario
In office
20 July 1935 – 7 October 1937
Appointed byR. B. Bennett
Personal details
Born(1866-10-04)4 October 1866
Toronto, Canada West
Died7 October 1937(1937-10-07) (aged 71)
Leaside, Ontario, Canada
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Priscilla Gillespie
m. 10 September 1887
ChildrenElizabeth, Robert, Annie, Harold, Ethel, Norman

Arthurs attended public school and Hamilton Collegiate Institute, then became a hardware merchant.[1]

He became a member of the House of Commons of Canada for Parry Sound electoral district from 1908 until 1935.[4] Arthurs was then appointed to the Senate of Canada on 20 July 1935 by R.B. Bennett and remained in that office until his death.

The Commanda General Store in Gurd (now in Nipissing Township) was built and occupied by Arthurs about 1885. It was strategically located on the Rosseau-Nipissing Colonization Road.[5] An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate The Commanda General Store's role in Ontario's heritage.[6]

Arthurs also established the 162 Infantry Battalion of the Canadian Army (known as the First Nipissing Regiment).[7] He then served with the 1st Battalion in France until May 1917, attaining a rank of lieutenant colonel.[1]

On 4 October 1937 Arthurs fell ill and died three days later at his home at 222 Bessborough Drive Leaside (now part of Toronto). He and his wife had moved there from Parry Sound in the previous month.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Normandin, A.L. (1936). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (18 November 1941). "Sen. Arthurs' Widow Passes On at Toronto". Ottawa Citizen. p. 19. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b The Canadian Press (8 October 1937). "Senator J. Arthurs Dies in 72nd Year". The Gazette. Montreal. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  4. ^ Canadian historical figures impacted by C-36 at
  5. ^ The Commanda General Store at
  6. ^ Ontario Plaque
  7. ^ Commanda: A Changing Community at

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