Richard Wilson-Smith

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Richard Wilson-Smith
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24th Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded by Joseph-Octave Villeneuve
Succeeded by Raymond Préfontaine
Constituency Saint-Laurent
Personal details
Born 1852
Northern Ireland
Died 12 September 1912
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
Profession financier, journalist

Richard Wilson-Smith (1852 – 12 September 1912) was a Canadian businessman and politician.


Born in Ireland, Wilson-Smith emigrated to Canada in 1878 settling in Montreal. A few years after arriving in Montreal, he became publisher and chief editor of the Insurance and Finance Chronicle. In 1893, he was elected to the Montreal City Council as an alderman for St. Lawrence Ward. In 1896, he was unanimously elected Mayor of Montreal for a two-year term. He ran unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate for the Canadian House of Commons for the riding St. Lawrence in the 1896 federal election. In 1892, he became a member of the Montreal Board of Trade, and in 1898 he purchased a seat on the Montreal Stock Exchange.

He was one of the original directors of the Lachine Rapids Hydraulic and Land Company, which undertook successfully the development of the vast water power of the Lachine Rapids. He was President of the Canada Accident Company, a trustee of the Guardian Assurance Company, Vice-President of the Montreal Trust and Deposit Company, the National Security Company of New York and resident Vice-President of the American Surety Company.