Call Me True: A Biography of True Davidson

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Dundurn, Oct 15, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages

In this investigation of the life and varied careers of True Davidson, Eleanor Darke seeks to discover what can be "truly said about True" – a fascinating and contradictory woman who was always ahead of her time.

"There was no quitter in her make-up and she fought like a banshee for whatever she believed in – which was people, truth, Canada. People either loved her or loathed her. None was indifferent. All her life True Davidson stood for human values. And traditions. Her courage and integrity knew no limit. She didn’t make a cent from politics and scrimped and saved to make ends meet. She overflowed with opinions, ideas, even prejudices. She was as straight as they come."

– The Toronto Sun

"Opponents characterized her sometimes as arrogant and selfish, but she devoted her whole life to her wide interests in history, civic affairs and conservation and to her constituents. She never had an unlisted telephone number."

– The Globe and Mail

"Flamboyant but never frivolous, cutting but never cruel, True Davidson enlivened municipal politics during her long tenure in office. She bears ... emulating by any woman with political ambitions."

– The Toronto Star

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A Child of Canada
3
2 The Dent Years 19261930
20
3 A Struggling Writer 19301931
30
4 Working for Perkins Bull 19311938
37
5 Tragedy and the Streetsville Years 19381947
47
6 Beginning a New Life in East York 19471958
54
7 The Ghost and Miss Davidson 19581962
69
9 A Woman in Politics
96
10 Mayor of East York 19671969
107
11 The Grandmother of East York 19691972
124
12 An Elder of the Tribe 19721978
137
Epilogue
151
Sources
154
Notes
156
Index
172

8 Metro Council and the Fight Against Amalgamation 19621966
85

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About the author (1997)

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, and a Don Mills resident since the age of three, Eleanor Darke has been fascinated by history from childhood, especially by the first-person stories and documents of those personally involved. She has served as the Programme Officer, Toronto Historical Board, prior to which she was Site Manager at Mackenzie House, Toronto.

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