William Davidson, 1949
Marjorie Ruddy, Photographer
Media Type
Item Type
Black and white negative showing a portrait photograph of William Davidson, mayor of Whitby.
William Davidson was born near Guelph on 2 December 1889 and came to Whitby to assist in the construction of Ontario Hospital in 1913. He was an engineer responsible for the building of steam installations at the hospital.

From 1917 to 1962 he operated an automobile dealership in Whitby. Davidson was a member of council in 1924, 1929-1935, 1944, and 1960-1964. He was deputy reeve in 1936-1937 and mayor from 1947-1949. In 1945, he revived the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Public Library Board and member of the Public Utilities Commission. He received the Peter Perry award in 1957.

Davidson died at Oshawa on 26 October 1965 and is buried at Mount Lawn Cemetery, Whitby.
Date of Original
Width: 2.5 cm
Height: 3.5 cm
Personal Name(s)
Ruddy, Marjorie Georgina ; Davidson, William
Local identifier
Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.879831860126 Longitude: -78.9421397143555
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Copyright Statement
This item is protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and is intended for one-time use only. Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). It is your responsibility for obtaining these permissions.
Copyright Date
Copyright Holder
Marjorie Ruddy
Recommended Citation
William Davidson, 1949, Marjorie Ruddy. Whitby Archives, A2013_040_1626.
Reproduction Notes
Scanned from black and white large format negative.
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William Davidson, 1949

Black and white negative showing a portrait photograph of William Davidson, mayor of Whitby.