John P. Balharrie

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John P. Balharrie
Mayor of Ottawa
In office
Preceded by Napoléon Champagne
Succeeded by Arthur Ellis
Personal details
Born 1883
Died April 6, 1952

John Paul Balharrie (1883 – April 6, 1952) was mayor of Ottawa from 1925 to 1927.

He was born in Ottawa in 1883 and began work in his family's bakery. Balharrie is said to have made his fortune in real estate. He was first elected to city council in 1918. As mayor, Balharrie welcomed Charles Lindbergh to the city after his solo trans-Atlantic flight. After his term as mayor, he served as judge in the juvenile court. He helped support a summer camp at Christie Lake for children from families with limited incomes.

He died in Ottawa of a heart attack in 1952. He is interred in Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa.


  • Chain of Office: Biographical Sketches of the Early Mayors of Ottawa (1847-1948), Dave Mullington (ISBN 1-897113-17-X)
Preceded by
Napoléon Champagne
Mayor of Ottawa
Succeeded by
Arthur Ellis