HENRY WILLIAM DARLING*
1847-1933

From: Canadian Men & Women of the Time  1912
Ed. Henry James Morgan, Toronto, William Briggs, Richmond Street West 1912
(portrait : c1887 from CIBC Archives)


DARLING, Henry W., merchant
Born Edinburgh, Scotland, May 27, 1847. Educated Southern Acadamy there. Came to Canada in 1862 and entered the drygoods trade in Montreal in 1867. Was in the wholesale trade there, and afterwards in Hamilton and Toronto. Amalgamated with W.R.Brock Co. in 1879. Founded the firm of Hy.W.D. & Co., Toronto, in 1884. Consolidated his business with that of A.R.McMaster & Brothers in 1886. Appointed general manager of the English and Scottish Investment Company in 1879. As special commissioner he sold it's assets, amounting to a million dollars to the London and Ontario Company, of which he was a director. 

An Alderman, Toronto, 1880-1881, President of the Board of Trade 1883-1886, President of the Bank of Commerce 1886-1890. Graduated from Royal Military School in 1866, and was captain of the Orillia Company of volunteers. Elected V.P. of Commercial Union Club 1887. Later removed to Boston, Mass., where he was elected Treasurer of the General Electric Company 1894.


From: "A History of the Canadian Bank of Commerce Vol. II"
By Victor Ross, Toronto, 1922

NOTE ISSUES
Some years later a counterfeit of the $10 note of May 1, 1871, made its appearance. Although regarded as dangerous, the counterfeit may be readily recognized by the number of lines in the shading under the words "Ten Dollars" in the lower half of the centre face of the note. In the genuine note there are only four lines, while in the counterfeit there are five. In addition there is a distinct opening between the bases of the letter "A" in the word "DOLLARS" in the genuine, which is lacking in the counterfeit. The shading under the title "Bank of Commerce" appears under a magnifying glass to consist of sharp distinct lines in the genuine note, while in the counterfeit these lines are blurred. The engraving of the counterfeit, particularly of the lion's head, is coarser than that of the genuine note, and the green of the back is of a distinctly lighter shade.

In 1887 a new $10 note was issued, made as all previous issues had been, by the British American Bank Note Company. The signature and portrait of the new president, Mr. Henry W. Darling, now appeared on the notes for the first time. As in previous issues the design on the face of the note was printed in black, with the denomination in an underlying green tint, and the design on the back in green with white lettering. The distinctive feature of the new issue was a green tint formed by fine curved lines covering almost the whole of the face of the note. Scarcely had these notes gone into circulation when it was found that the green face tint blurred very badly, and it was considered necessary to withdraw the issue. Accordingly arrangements were made with the American Bank Note Company to design and execute a new issue embodying all the best methods of protection against counterfeiting which were known at the time.

The new issue consisted of $5, $10, $20 and $100 notes, dated January 2, 1888. In 1893 a $50 note was added, bearing the date July 3, 1893. The early notes of this issue bear the engraved signature of Henry W. Darling, president. 


Notes from Patty Brown:
Henry W. Darling married Helen Ritchie Christie, daughter of Alexander Ritchie Christie and Margaret Kilgour

See Also:
His brother William Darling and his nephew Andrew Darling


*Researching Henry W. Darling............
Patty Brown (1st cousin 4x removed to his wife)
Patty Darling Hoenigman (g-granddaughter)
 

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