McLeod Stewart

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McLeod Stewart
McLeod Stewart Source: Library and Archives Canada
Mayor of Ottawa
In office
Preceded by Francis McDougal
Succeeded by Jacob Erratt
Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada
In office
Personal details
Born 1847
Died 1926

McLeod Stewart (1847–1926) was an Ottawa lawyer and mayor of Ottawa from 1887 to 1888.[1] He was born in Ottawa in 1847, the son of William Stewart, who represented Bytown (Ottawa) in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1844 to 1847.

The Stewart family owned some of the land south of Gladstone Avenue, which was then the southern limit for the City of Ottawa. The area was called Stewarton, and the family home was located on the current site of the Canadian Museum of Nature. McLeod Street in Ottawa is named after him.

Stewart studied at the University of Toronto, receiving an M.A.. He served as a lieutenant in the Governor General's Foot Guards. In 1874, he married Linnie Emma, the daughter of Colonel Walker Powell. In 1881, with William Hodgson, he built the Molson's Bank building on the Sparks Street Mall. He served as president of the Canada Atlantic Railway and also served on the boards of several companies. Stewart also represented a number of companies as their solicitor in Ottawa. The first Central Canada Exhibition opened on September 25, 1888, during his term as mayor. In 1897, he visited London, seeking financial backers for a canal linking the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay.

In 1910, he authored The first half century of Ottawa.

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  1. ^ Dave Mullington "Chain of Office: Biographic Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors (1847-1948)" (Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 2005)
Preceded by
Francis McDougal
Mayor of Ottawa
Succeeded by
Jacob Erratt