Abraham Law

Abraham Law

Infobox Person
name = Abraham Law


religion = Methodist [cite web|url = http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/Figures.asp?ID=f9-3|title = Abraham Law's Quarterly Ticket|work = Early Days in Richmond Hill - A History of the Community to 1930|publisher = Town of Richmond Hill Public Library|date= 1991|author = Robert M. Stamp]
birth_date = October 13, 1806
birth_place = Pennsylvania
death_date = February 14, 1885
occupation = Tanner
title = Reeve
spouse = Elizabeth Law (née Klinck)
resting_place = Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church cemetery
residence = Richmond Villa

Abraham Law (October 13, 1806 - February 14, 1885) was the first Reeve of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Law was married to Elizabeth Klinck, with whom he fathered thirteen children.cite web|url = http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/default.asp?ID=saa|title = Appendix A. Settlers|work = Early Days in Richmond Hill - A History of the Community to 1930|author = Robert M. Stamp|date = 1991|publisher = Town of Richmond Hill Public Library] cite web|url = http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/default.asp?ID=s8.7#p8.7.3|title = Who Was Who in the 1873 Municipal Elections|author = Robert M. Stamp|work = Early Days in Richmond Hill - A History of the Community to 1930|publisher = Town of Richmond Hill Public Library|date = 1991]

Law was born in Pennsylvania. In 1824 he came to Upper Canada with his parents, who settled outside of Stouffville. Law came to Richmond Hill in 1826. In Richmond Hill he took up employment as a general merchant. He soon came to own a tannery where he worked as a tanner. In 1827, he purchased a lot at the corner of Yonge Street and today's Richmond Street, where he built an estate he named "Richmond Villa" in 1833. In the 1850s, Law worked as an assessor for Vaughan Township.cite web|url = http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/default.asp?ID=s8.1|title = Living with Divided Loyalties|author = Robert M. Stamp|work = Early Days in Richmond Hill - A History of the Community to 1930|publisher = Town of Richmond Hill Public Library|date = 1991]

On January 6, 1873, Law was elected the first reeve of the newly incorporated village of Richmond Hill.cite web|url = http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/default.asp?ID=s8.4|title = The First Village Council|author = Robert M. Stamp|date = 1991|work = Early Days in Richmond Hill - A History of the Community to 1930|publisher = Town of Richmond Hill Public Library] The biggest issue that faced the Richmond Hill Village Council during his term was the need for a new high school for the village. Money was raised for the school and its construction was completed in November of 1873. Law served only a single year as mayor, and was replaced in 1874 by William Harrison. Law died in Richmond Hill in 1885 and was buried in the Presbyterian church cemetery. [cite web|url = http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/cemeteries/stone.asp?ID=RHPresCem&SID=RHN7.3|title = Law|work = Historic Cemeteries of South York Region - Richmond Hill Presbyterian|publisher = Town of Richmond Hill Public Library]

Law crescent in Richmond Hill was named in his honour.

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