Staff Artifact Pick: Senator Corby’s Chair
Join Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Intern, Shannon, as she shares her staff pick: Senator Henry Corby Jr’s chair.
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Henry “Harry” Corby Jr. (1851-1917) was an Ontario businessman and political figure. He represented Hastings West as a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1888 to 1901.
Born in Belleville, Corby was the son of Henry Corby, a prominent local businessman and owner of a distillery in Belleville.
In 1881, he took over the family distillery, which later became known as Corby Distilleries.
He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1912 and died while still in office in 1917.
According to oral history, this hand-carved oak chair was given to Senator Corby when he left the Senate.
There is quite a bit of elaborate hand-carving on the chair.