Monday, April 25, 2016

Frederick H. Armstrong 1926-2016 RIP

The historian Frederick H. Armstrong, historian of Ontario and Toronto died recently at ninety in London, Ontario. Armstrong grew up and studied in Toronto, but he was one of that group of Ontario history specialists at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught from 1963 to 1991.

He wrote widely (City in the Making, Toronto of Old, etc.) but he may have been most indispensable for the Handbook of Upper Canadian Chronology, a little book where you found every mysterious office title defined, every obscure office holder identified, and every nagging detail of public administration briefly explained.  Still in print, I see.

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