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John Bower Lewis was born in France on March 18, 1817, the son of Captain J. B. Lewis of the 88th Light Infantry. He came with his parents to Canada in 1820 and the family settled near Bytown, Upper Canada. Lewis studied law and was called to the bar of Upper Canada in 1839 and was later to be named a Queen’s Counsel in 1867.  On Aug. 31, 1843   John Bower Lewis married
Helen Street, daughter of the late Capt.. Benjamin Street .
 He practiced law in the town of Bytown and first entered politics in 1847 when he was elected to the first Bytown municipal council. In 1848 he was elected as the second mayor of Bytown. After the town became the city of Ottawa in 1854 Lewis was elected as its first mayor. In 1857 he became the first president of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.  He was appointed as Police Commissioner for Ottawa in 1863 and in 1872 he was elected to Parliament for the riding of Ottawa. He seemed a certainty to succeed Hincks as Minister of Finance but instead he chose to resign his seat over the government’s Canadian Pacific Railway scandal. Lewis died at Ottawa on January 24, 1874 while serving as City Solicitor. At the time of his death he was in the midst of an election campaign in his attempt to return to the Federal Parliament. (Source for photo and most text)


1872 Petition for John Bower Lewis

In his successful 1872 run for Parliament a petition of support was printed a number of times in the Ottawa Free Press containing  an extensive list of members of various Ottawa social and professional societies, such as the Orange Lodge, Masons, St. George's Society etc.  The citizens listed are primarily the business men of Ottawa -  representing both large and small operations. Many of them, including Lewis himself, were from Goulbourn and March townships to the west. It provides a rare opportunity to see the politcal preferences of some of the citizens of Ottawa in 1872.

Click here to see the original petition from the Ottawa Free Press of  July 15, 1872

Some of the identified signers:
James Starmer, inn keeper

Thomas Starmer , Ice merchant
John Cross, wheelwright
Robert Barry, plasterer
John Huckell,  salesman
B. Huckell, feed  & grain store owner
Jonas Barry , plasterer
J.W. Booth, lumber mill owner
John Rochester, lumber mill owner

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Acres G Eastcott James MacCarthy John Sarke D
Allan, W Edwards John MacEdward, G Scantlebery John
Angus A Edwards S MacGregor R Schofield Wm
Angus George Edwards Wm Main A Scott CS
Angus James Egleson P A Sr Malloch E C Shaver W H
Angus James Elliot R Mann G Shearer John
Angus Rob Jr Elliott, G E Martin, James Shoolbred Wm
Angus W Esmonde J P Mason A Short W H
Annable WA Evans, J Masson D Shouldis, G
Arnoldi K Evoy Alexander Matheson W M Simpson S
Atchison Robt Falls W H Matthewman A H Sims George
Atkins Wm Featherston, John P. Matthews Thomas Sinclair Donald
Auclair P C Fewkes thomas Matthews, James Sinclair, R
Baldwin A H Fingland Wm May J Sixmouth Wm H
Baldwin J H Fisher Benj May, George Skead James
Bangs C W Fitzsimmons John McAlmond John Skead R
Barry Jonas Fleck Alex McCarthy H f Skinner Joseph
Barry Robt Forde G McCarthy John Skinner Samuel Sr
Bartlett Geo Forrest, A G McCarthy Rich Slack James
Bate H N Fox D McConnell Rich Slater J D
Bate N Fraser A D McCormick A J Slocombe James
Bate, C T Frederick T McCormick, A Smith John
Bayley A Gallagher Thos McCormick, H Smyth J J
Beament Thos Gammill, John J McCraken, Jas Somerville W M
Beardwood Jonathan Gardner Wm McCulloch R Soper A W
Bearman, James Garland J M McCullough James Sparks Alex
Bell, J G Gibson J H P McCullough Wm Sparks N
Benjamin E H Gibson Jas McDermott Thomas Sparks, R
Bennett Henry Gilpin R McDougall P A MD Sproule, Thomas
Bethune N W Goodall A McGarity T Stacy, E
Billings B Gordon B McGee C Starmer James
Billings W R Gordon James McGillivary, E. Starmer Thos
Birket Jas Gough George McGillivrary D MD Stephen, R W
Birkett  Jas Gough Wm McIntryre, John Stephens A J
Bishop R Gouldthrite S McKay Thos Stephens R
Bishoprick Mark Jr Gowan J H McKinnon N Stephenson, Wm
Bishoprick Mark Sr Gowan T H McLaren Jas Stevenson A
Blyth G R Gowan, H & J McLean Hector Stewart J C
Blyth Geo R Goyer D McLean, H Stewart Robert
Blyth J J Graburn McLeod Stewart Stiff Thomas P
Blyth John Graham A McMahon Mick Still Phil S
Blyth John Jr Graham Robert McMartin P Stockdale John
Blyth Robt Graham Wm McMullin H Stockdale Richard
Boese jas Graham,  R H McNaughton D Stockdale Wm
Bonett S W Graham, Frank McNutt CS Story George
Booth G D Grant A A McQuade D Strachan Jas
Booth J R Grant Arch Meadows H Strang J
Borbridge Thomas Grant D M Merrill H Stubbs, George
Borbridge Wm Grant Edward Merrill J C Stwart John
Borbridge, S W Grant J M Metcalfe Joseph Surtees Robert
Borthwick, H J Green William Michaels H Sutherland G S
Botherill Edwd Jr Greenway John Michaelson J B Sutherland Wm
Bott Geo Griffin Edwd Miles E Sutton J T
Boucher, W. Hall E Mills A K Swalwell A Jr
Bourne Samuel Hallandal F Mills A K Sweetland, J (MD)
Bourne W H Halpenny J Mills Alex Switzer R
Boyden J Hamilton R Minore H Tackaberry J B
Bradley, R A Hamilton, Wm Minore Wm Taylor J M
Brennan J C Hardy R Mix Wm Taylor P A
Breton W II Harvey John Monk J B Taylor, A H
Bronson & Weston Hay, George Montgomery R S Thenault A P
Brough James Haycock R H Moore Andrew Thistle Wm R
brown Alfred Helmer, Nath Moore Andrew Thompson H
Brown David T Henderson A Moore Isaac Thompson James H
Brown F Henderson, John Moore Jas Thompson T W
Brown J MD Heney, John Moore W Thompson W G
Brown J MD Hick Robert Moore, David Titus A
Brown Wm M Hickmett John Morgand W H Turnbull Js
Brown, W W Hidgson John Morrison Daniel Van Cordlandt  Ed
Bryson C Higman R Morrison Wm Wadsworth james
Buchanan Jas Higman Thos Morse, John Walker, W H
Buras W H Hill, John Mortimer A Walkley E
Burns John Hinds Hugh Mortimer Geo Wallace E
Burns, John Hodges Henry Mosgrove A Wardell Abraham
Burpee, C A Hointon Joseph Mowat A Watson R
Butler Wm Holbrooke G M Mowat D Watterson William
Cameron Malcolm Holland A Moxley W Webster, John W
Campbell A. Holland Wm L Mulligan Robert Whillars, Wm
Campbell J A Hope James Murphy John White J G
Canty John Howe Jas G Mutchmor Alex Whiteside Henry
Cardwell Wm Howe W Nettle, R Whittier A S
Carman M Howes, W B Newell George Wigmore Jessie
Carman R Howlett Andrew Nicolson J S Wills, W J
Carruthers John Huband Chas Nicolson J S Wilson D
Carson R Huckell John Noel Chas V Wilson Geo Jr
Cassels, R S HuckellBenj O'Donnell P Wilson Geo Jr
Cawest Alfred Huckett E E Orme J L Wilson Wm
Chalmers, Wm Hudson A E Orr J Jr Wilson, Z
Champness Fred Hughes J W Orr John Sen Wood D C MD 
Champness,W Humphries John Palmer E C Woodburn T M
Chesterton, Walt Hunton, F H Parsons Alb Woodburn, A S
Christie Samuel Hunton, Thos Paterson John Woodland R
Ciappy John Hutchison G LDS Patterson Andrew Workman W G
Clark George Hutchison H Patterson J H Wright Philemon
Clark T M Hutchison W M Patterson Mathew Yelding A
Clarke, James Ilson John C Peacock W Young Levi
Clemow F C Inglis H Peacock, George Young William
Clewe Wm Irvine Wm Peacock, James
Cluff Thos Jackson Jas Peacock, John
Cluff, W H Jackson John Pelton A
Codd, Richard James Wm Pennock P Jr
Coleman A O F James, R L Pennock P Snr
Collier T Jamieson J C Pennock, J T
Cousens W Jamieson R   Pennock, John
Cowan John Jamieson R E Pennock, William
Cowan Wm Jamieson W A Percy A
Cowan, Wm Jamieson Wm Sr Perkins Lyman
Coward D W. Jarvix James Perry G H
Cox James Johnston Robert Pinhey C H
Cox, George Jolicoeur O Pinhey J H
Crain J W Journeaux Phillip Pipus G
Crain, Geo Joyce A G Porter John
Crane R Keays, Archibald Potts Joseph
Crosby C A Keefer Thomas C Powell A W
Cross John Kelty A C Powell, William F.
Cunningham C R Kerr Robert Pratt  Isaiah
Cunningham Jas Kier S C Pratt A
Curtis John King Charles Prentiss T B
Cuzner, L Lamb J T Preston, G Ed.
Dalgleish James Lamb W A Proderick Wm
Daniel R T Lambkin Thos Purdy, John
Davidson T R Lang A W Raitt Jan
Davis Hugh Lang Edward Randall John
Davis Wm Lang james Ray Wm
Davis, J G Lang, Robt B. Reid J P
Dennis J Langford J Rice Dan
Devlin R J Langford John Rice Wm
Dewar Colin Langford John H Roberts John Jr
Dewart Jos Latchford James Roberts, John
Dickson Wm H Laughton Jas Robertson Duncan
Dimbleby J Lee Thomas Robertson, J P
Dixon Geo Leggo C Robertson, John
Dobler, J W H Lennox Robt Robinson Hiram
Dolan Mick Lepine Henry Robinson, J G
Dolan Mick Jr Leslie John Rochester James
Doran M Lewis F Rochester, John
Dowsley Thos Link Francis Rodden R J
Draper B J Litle Jas Roger C
Drummond A Little J J Rogers Samuel
Drummond, G P Living H Roos John
Dunlop J H Logan Geo Md Routh A J
Durie J S Lorenz G Routh C T
Durie J S Lyon T Routh E
Dyde, Sam
Rowe, A

Russell W F

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