James Beaty, Jr.
James Beaty, QC, was the 22nd Mayor of Toronto from 1879 to 1880. He was then a Member of Canada’s Parliament from 1880 to 1887. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada. Beaty was born November 10, 1831, on Ashdale Farm, in Trafalgar Township of Halton County, Ontario. After schooling in Palermo, Ontario, he studied law in Toronto, formally becoming a lawyer in 1855. He was designated Queen’s Counsel in 1872. His father was John Beaty, an Irish emigrant. On 10 November 1858, he married a cousin, Fanny Beaty (d. 18 January 1898). One of his uncles, a previous Canadian Member of Parliament, was also named James Beaty and therefore was referred to in some instances as “James Beaty, Sr.” The younger Beaty is sometimes referred to as “James Beaty, Jr.” Following his terms as Toronto Mayor in 1879 and 1880, he won election to the Canadian House of Commons on 28 August 1880. He became a Conservative party member who represented the West Toronto riding. He was re-elected on 20 June 1882 to serve in the 5th Canadian Parliament. Beaty was a prohibitionist during his time in parliament. The Liberal Globe newspaper derided him as a “boodler” and “the notorious ‘Boy,’” and argued that his support for prohibition was based on a hypocritical calculation for personal advantage. He lost the West Toronto Conservative nomination to Frederick Charles Denison in the buildup to the 1887 federal election, and returned to legal practice. In 1892, he made an unsuccessful bid to return as Toronto’s Mayor. Beaty served as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1881 to 1891. In 1899, James Beaty sustained an apparent stroke from which he would not recover. He died at the Toronto home of his son-in-law, A.J.R. Snow, husband of his only surviving child. Beaty Avenue in Parkdale is named for his family. He died on March 15, 1899.