John Bower Lewis

John Bower Lewis

name = John Bower Lewis

caption = John Bower Leiws
birth_date =birth date|1817|3|18|mf=y
birth_place = Paris, France
death_date = death date and age|1874|1|24|1817|3|18|mf=y
death_place =
office = 2nd Mayor of Bytown
1st Mayor of Ottawa
term_start = 1848
term_end = 1849
term_start2 = 1855
term_end2 = 1857
predecessor = John Scott
successor = Robert Hervey
predecessor2 = Henry J. Friel
successor2 = Edward McGillivray
party = Conservative Party of Canada
religion =
constituency =
majority =
spouse = Anna Eccles (1840); Helen Street (1843); Elizabeth Susan Wilson (1856)

John Bower Lewis (March 18 1817 – January 24 1874) was the second mayor of Bytown in 1848, the first mayor of Ottawa from 1855 to 1857 and a member of the 2nd Canadian Parliament from 1872 to 1873.

He was born in Paris, France in 1817 and came to Canada with his family in 1820. He studied law in Toronto, was admitted to the bar in 1839 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1867.

He was elected to the first council for Bytown in 1847 and became mayor in 1848. After Bytown was renamed to Ottawa in 1854, he became its first mayor. He was Police Commissioner for the city in 1863. In 1872, he was elected to the House of Commons in the two member riding of Ottawa City but resigned in 1873 due to the Pacific Scandal.

He died in Ottawa in 1874; he was the city solicitor and was also campaigning for reelection to the House of Commons at the time of his death.

External links

* [ Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online]

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