The Abbott Fam­ily es­tab­lished in Len­noxville in 1843:

From mer­chants and post­mas­ters to a fed­eral Min­is­ter

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

Gérard Coté (LAHMS) and Jean-marie Dubois (Univer­sité de Sher­brooke)

Astreet opened in 1956 by Arthur Speid on the Up­lands es­tate and was named af­ter a pi­o­neer and in- flu­en­tial Len­noxville fam­ily.

Ephraim W. Abbott, born in 1822 in Grot­ton, Ver­mont, came to set­tle in Len­noxville in 1843. He first worked as a clerk at the store of his un­cle, Charles Brooks (who, in 1855, would be­come the third Mayor of As­cot Town­ship, and in 1871, the first Mayor of the new Town of Len­noxville). In 1859, Ephraim mar­ried El­iz­a­beth L. Har­vey (1833-1911) in Bar­net, Ver­mont. They had 8 chil­dren, all born in Len­noxville : Ge­orge Henry (18611861), Wil­liam Har­vey (1862-1950), Caro­line Chan­dler (1864-1???), Mary El­iz­a­beth (1865-1???), Mar­garet He­len (1867-1947), Arthur Stro­bridge (18691???), Lewis Duff (1871-1905) and Maria Is­abella (1873-1874). Ephraim be­came a pros­per­ous gen­eral merchant in Len­noxville, be­ing post­mas­ter from 1873 to 1900. The post of­fice was then in his gen­eral store on Main Street (which be­came Queen Street in 1952), next to City Hall (now the of­fice of the Bor­ough of Len­noxville). Af­ter the 1874 fire that wiped out part of the down­town area, he re­built his store near the cor­ner of Belvidere Road (now Col­lege Street). From 1855 to 1865, he was Sec­re­taryTrea­surer for the Town­ship of As­cot. From 1871 to 1873, he was first Sec­re­tary-trea­surer of the new Town of Len­noxville, and Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil­lor from 1874 to 1876. He died in 1900 in Len­noxville and was buried with his wife in Malvern Ceme­tery.

In 1888, his son Wil­liam Har­vey mar­ried El­iz­a­beth R. Oughtred (1866-1951). For a few years, he man­aged the fam­ily busi­ness, E. W. Abbott and Sons. For over 60 years, he worked for the post of­fice, and like his fa­ther, he was post­mas­ter from 1901 to 1939. He was Sec­re­taryTrea­surer of Len­noxville in 1888 and Mayor from 1898 to 1900. He was the pres­i­dent in 1934-1935 of the Len­noxville Curl­ing Club. He died in Len­noxville in 1950 and was buried with his wife in Malvern Ceme­tery. We do not know any­thing of their other chil­dren ex­cept for Mar­garet He­len who was a spin­ster that lived with her mother and Lewis Duff who worked in the fam­ily busi­ness.

Lewis Duff’s son, the Hon­or­able Dou­glas Charles Abbott (1899-1987), grew up in Len­noxville, stud­ied at Bishop’s Univer­sity and mar­ried Mary Win­nifred Chisholm (1904-1980). From 1916 to 1918, he served over­seas with the Mcgill Siege Battery, in the Royal Fly­ing Corps and fi­nally in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force. He stud­ied law at Mcgill Univer­sity and con­tin­ued his stud­ies at the Univer­sité de Di­jon, in France. He joined the Que­bec Bar in 1921 and part­nered in Mon­treal with Fleet, Phe­lan, Fleet & Le Mesurier. In 1940, he was elected as a Lib­eral mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the seat of Sain­tAn­toine—west­mount. In 1945 and 1946, he was Min­is­ter of De­fense and, from 1946 to 1954, Min­is­ter of Fi­nances and Re­ceiver Gen­eral. From 1844 to 1973, he was on Bishop’s Univer­sity Board of Gover­nors and was Prin­ci­pal from 1958 to 1968. From 1954 un­til he re­tired in 1973, he was a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada. On June 1st, 1963, the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke awarded him an hon­orary law de­gree. In 1964, Bishop’s Univer­sity Abbott Hall was named af­ter him.

Wil­liam Har­vey Abbott (courtesy of Len­noxville Curl­ing Club)

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