Millar, Charles Vance

Charles Vance Millar, lawyer (b at Aylmer, Ont 1853; d at Toronto 31 Oct 1926). An able lawyer, sportsman and practical joker, he is best known as creator of the Stork Derby. By his will Millar, a bachelor, left the bulk of his estate to the mother who, in the 10 years following his death, gave birth in Toronto to the largest number of children. The ensuing contest inspired worldwide interest and much litigation before the validity of the bequest was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada and the money distributed among 4 winning mothers. The question of whether Millar intended his will to take effect or merely to amuse his lawyer friends remains in doubt.