John Counter Becomes the First Mayor of Kingston

1799-1862
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Portrait of John Counter painted by Alvah Bradish in 1842. Source: City of Kingston.
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1901 photograph of the Counter portrait taken at the Sheldon & Davis photography studio. Source: City of Kingston.
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Drawing of John Counter by Vince Perez. Source: City of Kingston.

John Counter, the first mayor of the newly incorporated City of Kingston in 1846, was a baker turned entrepreneur. He worked to enhance Kingston’s economy by investing in industrial and transportation enterprises. He served as mayor multiple times in Kingston’s early years as a City (1841-1843, 1846, 1850, 1852-1853 and 1855). As mayor, Counter was instrumental in the construction of City Hall. He enjoyed popularity until his final term when a conflict of interest forced him to resign.