Robert Cummings (politician)

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Robert Cummings (June 16, 1833–1910) was a Canadian manufacturer and community leader.

He was born in Gloucester Township, Ontario to a family of Irish immigrants in 1833. He learned the trade of carriage making and became a leading Canadian manufacturer. He opened a general store and operated a flour mill on Cummings Island in the Rideau River which became the nucleus of a new community, Janeville, which eventually became part of Vanier. He served ten years as reeve in the township, was also a Justice of the Peace and was elected warden for Carleton County in 1876. Cummings was also a captain in the local militia. He married Agnes Borthwick.

The Cummings Bridge across the Rideau River was named after him.


  • Carleton Saga, Harry & Olive Walker (1968)
  • Historical Sketch of the County of Carleton (1971) - originally published in 1879, reprinted by Mika Press, Belleville, Ontario