Dr. James Sampson Becomes Mayor of Kingston

1789-1861
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Portrait of Dr. James Sampson by William Sawyer in 1860. Source: City of Kingston.
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1901 photograph of the Dr. James Sampson portrait taken at the Sheldon & Davis photography studio. Source: City of Kingston.
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Drawing of Dr. James Sampson by Vince Perez. Source: City of Kingston.

Born in Ireland and educated in medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, James Sampson was a surgeon and educator dedicated to public welfare in Kingston. He was a founder and first dean of Queen’s University's medical faculty, and instrumental in the building of Kingston General Hospital. Sampson’s mayoral terms coincided with both the establishment and dissolution of Kingston as the provincial legislative capital.