Robert Lyon (politician)

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Robert Lyon
Mayor of Ottawa
In office
Preceded by Moss Kent Dickinson
Succeeded by Henry J. Friel
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
In office
Personal details
Born July 6, 1829
Died March 21, 1888(1888-03-21) (aged 58)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal

Robert Lyon (July 6, 1829 – March 21, 1888) was a judge and politician in the County of Carleton in eastern Ontario. He was mayor of Ottawa in 1867 and a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1867 to 1871.[1]

His father, George Lyon, was a Scottish captain in the British army, who settled in Richmond, Ontario. His oldest brother was George Byron Lyon, another mayor of Ottawa.

He studied law and was called to the bar in 1853. He began practicing law in Ottawa in 1856. He became an alderman and later mayor. Lyon also represented Carleton in the Ontario legislature from 1867 to 1871. He was named a judge for Carleton County in 1873.


  1. ^ Dave Mullington "Chain of Office: Biographic Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors (1847-1948)" (Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 2005)
  • Historical Sketch of the County of Carleton (1971) - originally published in 1879, reprinted by Mika Press, Belleville, Ontario

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Preceded by
Moss Kent Dickinson
Mayor of Ottawa
Succeeded by
Henry J. Friel