Joseph Wesley St. John

Joseph St. John was born in Sunderland, Ontario on July 17, 1854 and graduated from Victoria University, Toronto in 1881. He was called to the bar in 1884 and was elected to the Ontario Legislature, representing the Conservative Party for the riding of York West, 1894 – 1899. He again represented York West, winning the seat in the 1902 and 1905 Ontario elections. In March, 1905 he became the first Conservative to hold the office of Speaker of the House since Confederation. St. John died on April 7, 1907, the only Speaker to die while still in office.

Much of the above article was taken from “Whose servant I am” – Speakers of the Assemblies of the Province of Upper Canada and Ontario.