HENRY R. GRAY
1838-
From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892

Was born December 30, 1838, at Boston, Lincolnshire, England.  Educated at "Standard Hill,'' the head master of which was William Goodacre,  the well-known author of "Goodacre's Arithmetic."  Afterwards he was articled under the old indenture system for five years to Williamm March, Chemist and Apothecary, Newark.

He established his business in Montreal in 1859. The specialties of Mr. Gray's business are the supplying of public institutions and physicians with drugs, chemicals and pharmaceutical preparations and the dispensing of physicians' prescriptions. Mr. Gray has devoted himself during the last twenty years to the study of Sanitary Science, and particularly to the sanitation of cities, and has been connected with every movement to improve the sanitary condition of Montreal.  Mr. Gray was one of the originators of the Pharmaceutical Association of the Province, and after being successively Secretary, 'I'reasurer and Vice-President, was elected for three years in succession President and member of the Board of Examiners.  He was also one of the Charter Members of the Montreal College of Pharmacy, and 
for two years its President.   In 1884, Mr. Gray was elected Alderman for the St. Lawrence ward.  Shortly after his election Mr.Gray was elected unanimously by the City Council, Chairman of the 
Local Board of Health, serving in that very difticult capacity during the whole of the disastrous 
epidemic of small-pox which overrun the City and Province in 1885-86.

In 1885, Mr. Gray succeeded in getting a by-law through the City Council requiring the contents of closets and all household refuse to be cremated, and shortly afterwards crematories were erected and a contract for five years' collection and cremation given out.  After having seived his term as Alderman for three years, Mr. Gray declined re-election.  Shortly afterwards he was appointed by the Government a 
Justice of the Peace, and member of the Council of Public Instruction for the Province of Quebec.

When the '' Public Health Act'' passed the Legislature shortly after the small-pox epidemic, Mr. Gray, who had in addition to his aldermanic duties been a member of the old Central Board of Health for the Province, was appointed a member of the new Public Health Board then created, and has remained a member ever since, having been reappointed by the Government of Mr. Mercier at the expiration of his first term of service.

In 1885, Mr. Gray was elected " membre honoraire de la Societe d'Hygiene Francaise," of Paris, France. We may add that shortly after his retirement from the City Council, Mr. Gray was asked by a number of leading citizens of all parties and creeds to accept the nomination of Mayor, but owing to business reasons he was obliged to decline.

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