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Dorothy Hague

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Dorothy Hague (ca. 1897 – July 26, 1973) was reeve of the village of Swansea. Hague and Marie Curtis were the first women to serve as reeves or mayors of communities in the Toronto area.

She was educated at the University of Toronto and was employed as a Latin teacher. Hague served on the Swansea public school board from 1933 to 1949, serving three years as board chairman. In 1949, she was elected to the Swansea municipal council. She served as deputy reeve in 1951 and 1952 and then was village reeve from 1953 to 1963. Hague served on the first council for Metro Toronto, also serving on its executive council.[1][2] She was chair of the parks and planning committee and a member of the hospital committee for Metro Toronto.[3] Hague also served as a member of the executive council for the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and as a member of the Metropolitan Planning Board.[4]

Although initially opposed to Swansea becoming part of Metro Toronto,[5], Hague later expressed satisfaction with the "metropolitan form of government" in a letter to then-premier Leslie Frost.[6]

She married Henry Hague, an inspector for a railway supply company.[2]

She died at the age of 76.[1]

The Dorothy Hague room in the Swansea Town Hall was named in her honour.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Swansea reeve for 10 years". Globe and Mail. July 27, 1973. p. 5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "First woman reeve in York County". Globe and Mail. November 27, 1952. p. 12.
  3. "Metropolitan Council Begins Its First Two-Year Term of Office: Would Expand Metro Executive". Globe and Mail. January 16, 1957. p. 7.
  4. "The municipality of Metropolitan Toronto" (PDF). 1960.
  5. "'Most to Lose,' Swansea Refuses Unification Idea". Globe and Mail. February 4, 1953. p. 5.
  6. Redway, Alan (2014). Governing Toronto: Bringing back the city that worked. pp. 46–47. ISBN 1460252012. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Historical Photo of the Month" (PDF). SwancNews. Swansea Historical Society. September 2018. p. 3.

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