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Chain of Office Biographical Sketches of Early Mayors of Ottawa…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 189711317X, Perfect Paperback)Scott, Rochester, Waller, Fisher, and Plant familiar names indeed to anyone who has driven around Ottawa. But what about Sparrow, Featherston, Durocher, Balharrie, and Cook They, too, have helped shape Canada's capital city, but have since, unfortunately, faded from public view, an oversight Dave Mullington reverses in his entertaining and informative first book, Chain of Office Biographical Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors 1847-1948.
While municipal politics has often been maligned for focusing on the mundane, those who have sat in the mayor's chair in Ottawa have been anything but. There are chronicles of threatened duels and a suicide, of lawsuits and criminal charges. One Ottawa mayor called out the militia to halt a riot, while another was put behind bars for receiving hundreds of votes from Americans in a local election.
Ottawa's mayors have come from the ranks of lawyers and pharmacists, journalists and blacksmiths. Some went on to represent the area at Queen's Park or in the House of Commons, while others drifted off in search of greener pastures.
Using material gleaned from contemporary newspapers and personal documents, Dave Mullington, a former reporter and copy editor with the Ottawa Citizen, brings a newsman's eye for detail and a historian's passion for the past to these entertaining and often revealing sketches of Ottawa's early mayors.
Chain of Office offers a unique and fascinating glimpse into the bygone days of Canada's capital and the civic-minded men who helped shape it.
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