Like all streets in William Gordon’s 1874 survey, Redford was named for one of his friends, James Redford, a businessman and the first member of Parliament elected for the riding of North Perth (see below). It was the first election in the new Dominion of Canada, and James Redford the Liberal candidate, defeated Perth’s veteran Conservative, Thomas Mayne Daly. Daly came back to oust Redford in 1872.
James Redford was born in Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire, Scotland, in 1821, was educated there, and went to Canada West in 1842. Redford taught school and was later employed as a banker, lumber merchant, manufacturer and land speculator in Stratford and Mitchell. In 1851, he married Elizabeth Gouray.
He served as superintendent of schools in Perth County beginning in 1853 and a was a member of the Stratford town council. He was also a director of the Royal Canadian Bank and a captain in the local militia. Redford moved to Austin, Texas, in about 1876, and he died there at age 87. By Stanford Dingman