Joseph Oliver

Section VOG, Lot 24
Toronto Necropolis


Born in 1852 in Erin, Ontario, Oliver lived in Toronto from the age of three. He worked in the lumber business. He was elected to the School Board in 1885 and to the Toronto City Council in 1895, 1901, 1902, 1903 (also Board of Control) and 1906. He was elected mayor in 1908 and 1909. He was President of the Canadian National Exhibition Association in 1914 and 1915. He was also the Grand Sire of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows of America from 1920 to the date of his death, having been with the organization for almost 50 years. He was the last Liberal to be elected mayor in Toronto before Allan A. Lamport in 1951. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada. Joseph Oliver died on January 8, 1922.