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Victor L. Russell.

Erin (ON), Boston Mills Press, c1982.
158pp, cloth, $15.95.
ISBN 0-919822-77-0.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by John Harkness.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

The town of York was incorporated as the City of Toronto in March, 1834. Between that date and the end of the nineteenth century, the new city was presided over by twenty-nine prominent citizens acting as chief executive officer or Mayor. This little book by Victor Russell re-introduces us to these men in brief, straightforward biographies. Probably the most famous occupant of the mayor's chair during this period was its first, that "fiery arid principled Scotsman," William Lyon Mackenzie, who began the process as mayor of an "isolated colonial outpost with a population of less than 10,000." By the time Joseph Shaw was elected in 1899, he and his council represented a population of 193,246, administering a budget of more than eight million dollars. During this century the process of election of mayor varied; sometimes by aldermen or sometimes by popular vote, and most of these mayors served just one- or two-year terms. Russell includes a portrait of each mayor and other illustrations, plus a complete list of all the nineteenth-century city councils in this slim volume of biographical sketches that would be a useful reference tool for anyone interested in the history of the City of Toronto.

John Harkness, Emery C. I., Weston, ON.
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