- For his son, a member of the provincial parliament, see Thomas Miles Birkett.
|Thomas Birkett Source: Library and Archives Canada|
|Mayor of Ottawa|
|Preceded by||Jacob Erratt|
|Succeeded by||Olivier Durocher|
|Canadian House of Commons representing Ottawa City|
|Born||February 1, 1844
|Died||December 2, 1920
|Spouse(s)||1871 Mary Gallagher; 1904 Henrietta Gallagher|
He was born in Ottawa in 1844, the son of Miles Birkett and Elizabeth Wren, who came to Upper Canada from England. At the age of 13, he became an apprentice to a local hardware store owner. In 1866, he opened his own hardware store. Birkett served on the school board from 1867 to 1871 and was an alderman on Ottawa City Council from 1873 to 1878. During his term as mayor, electric streetcars were introduced in Ottawa. In 1871, he married Mary Gallagher; after her death, he married Henrietta Gallagher, her stepsister, in 1904. Birkett also served as president of the advisory board of the Dominion Building and Loan Association at Ottawa. He was also a long-time member of the Masonic Order. In 1900, he was named a trustee for the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. He died in Ottawa of pneumonia in 1920. He is buried at Beechwood Cemetery.
- Dave Mullington "Chain of Office: Biographic Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors (1847-1948)" (Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 2005)
- Synopsis of federal political experience from the Library of Parliament
- Prominent men of Canada: a collection of persons distinguished ..., GM Adam (1892)
- Mulligan, Dave (2005). Chain of office: biographical sketches of the early mayors of Ottawa (1847-1948). pp. 77–9. ISBN 1-897113-17-X. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- A cyclopædia of Canadian biography : brief biographies of persons, HW Charlesworth (1919)
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