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James Scott Howard
1798-1866
First Postmaster of Toronto
1834-1837
Charles Albert Berczy
1794-1858
2nd Postmaster of Toronto
1837-1853

America: Canada

Toronto's First Post Office

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Toronto's First Post Office
260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1N1
Phone: (416) 865 1833


Toronto's First Post Office is part of historic block of buildings, which includes Bank of Upper Canada. It is the only surviving example of post office, operating as department of British postal service, prior to the establishment of Canadian postal service in 1851.

Originally opened in 1833, it served as the 4th post office in the Town of York and after incorporation of City of Toronto, on March 6, 1834, Toronto's First Post Office.

As the only post office in the provincial capital, it was important center of communication and commerce, serving population of about 9000.


The building was also the residence of James Scott Howard, who had been Postmaster of York, since 1828. One week after the rebellion of 1837, he was dismissed without formal charges. Despite eloquent pleas for reinstatement, he failed to regain his position. He was succeeded by Charles Albert Berczy, who later founded Consumers Gas Company.

Since 1839, the building at "Duke and George" have been put to many uses: As private residence, Catholic boys' school, annex to Christie's biscuit factory, recruitment and records center for Royal Air Force during World War I, farmers' co-operative organization, butter factory and egg storage facility.


Recent period of decline and abandonment culminated in fire in 1987. Threatened by demolition, the block was bought by private investors and rehabilitated. Careful research uncovered the story of James Scott Howard and his post office. Original bills and letters gave guidance in the restoration.

A commemorative postage stamp featuring First Post Office was issued by Canada Post in 1987.
Toronto's First Post Office is administrated by Town of York Historical Society.

 

 

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