Biographical Sketch of William D. Dean

William Warren Dean, county judge of Victoria, is a descendant of an English family that emigrated to the new world, and settled in one of the Provinces long before the American Revolution. On his mother’s side the family were United Empire Loyalists, moving at first into Nova Scotia and thence into Upper Canada, in 1797. His parents were Horace and Ruth (Tisdale) Dean, living in London, Ontario, at the time of his birth, October 25, 1830. His father was a Methodist minister, preaching for more than thirty-seven years, and dying in 1867. His mother died in 1862.

Judge Dean was educated at Victoria College, Cobourg, whence he was graduated in 1854. He studied law, in the first place at Guelph, with Hon. Adam Fergusson Blair and Judge Kingsmill, the present Judge of the County of Bruce, and finished at Belleville, with Hon. Lewis Walbridge, and was called to the Bar at Michaelmas term, 1859.

From that date until 1874, Mr. Dean practiced at Belleville, holding also, during nearly all that period, the office of Master in Chancery. At the date last mentioned he was appointed Judge of the County of Victoria, and removed to Lindsay, the county town. Here also he is Master in Chancery. The Judge is a man of pleasing address, and exhibits on the Bench all the instincts of the gentleman, and the several qualities necessary to do credit to his dignified profession.

Judge Dean is a member of the Canadian Methodist church. In his integrity he is as firm as the hills.

Married Anna Bogart, eldest daughter of the late Gilbert Bogart, of Belleville, by whom he has a family of six children, all living.

MLA Source Citation:

The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men, Ontario, Volume 1. Toronto: Toronto American Biographical Pub. Co. 1880. Web. 30 January 2015. - Last updated on Aug 6th, 2012


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