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Dr. James Sampson Becomes Mayor of Kingston

Dr. James Sampson Becomes Mayor of Kingston

1789-1861

Born in Ireland and educated in medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, James Sampson was a surgeon and educator dedicated to public welfare in Kingston.

Henry Cassady Becomes Mayor of Kingston

Henry Cassady Becomes Mayor of Kingston

1797-1839

Henry Cassady was the first mayor of Kingston to be born locally. His United Empire Loyalist family members were among the earliest settlers of Kingston.

John Counter becomes the first Mayor of Kingston

John Counter Becomes the First Mayor of Kingston

1799-1862

John Counter, the first mayor of the newly incorporated City of Kingston in 1846, was a baker turned entrepreneur.

Thomas Kirkpatrick Becomes Mayor of Kingston in 1838 and again in 1847

Thomas Kirkpatrick Becomes Mayor of Kingston in 1838 and Again in 1847

1805-1870

Thomas Kirkpatrick, born near Dublin, Ireland, arrived in Kingston to study law and later became the town solicitor (1839-1846).

Alvah Bradish's ad for portrait painting in Kingston. Source: Chronicle & Gazette, August 10, 1842.

Alvah Bradish

1806-1901

The American artist Alvah Bradish painted portraits of more than 500 friends, state and national leaders in his 60 year career.

Robert Charles Archibald McLean Becomes Mayor of Kingston

Robert Charles Archibald McLean Becomes Mayor of Kingston

1811-unknown

Born in Martinique, West Indies where his Irish father was serving in the Royal Artillery, Robert Charles Archibald McLean was a physician and one of the most popular men in Kingston.

William Ford Jr. becomes Mayor of Kingston

William Ford Jr. becomes Mayor of Kingston

1811-1893

William Ford Jr. was born in Ireland and immigrated to Kingston as a young man. He was a keen and successful business owner and active member of many councils, committees and social organizations.

William Sawyer

William Sawyer

1820-1889

William Sawyer was a Canadian-born, self-taught painter and, later in his life, a photographer.

Harriet Dobbs Cartwright. Source: Queen's University Archives.

Harriet Dobbs Cartwright

1833-1887

Harriet Dobbs Cartwright came to Kingston from Ireland in 1833 with her new husband, Robert David Cartwright.

Kingston Mechanic's Institution

Kingston Mechanics' Institution

1834-1911

In 1840, the Kingston Mechanic's Institute was six years old and the struggle to find stability came to an end.

Henry Smith Jr. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Henry Smith Jr.

1840-1850

Henry Smith Jr. is an immigrant from England and three years older than John A. Macdonald.

Morton's Brewery Rebuilt

Morton's Brewery Rebuilt

1840-1864
In 1840, the Morton Brewery and Distillery reopened and included the buildings that now form the base of the Tett Centre and the Isabel Bader.
Ramsay and Ford newspaper notice. Source: Chronicle and Gazette, 21 May 1841, page 3, column 2.

Kingston's First Photographers

1841

Kingston’s first known photographers arrived in the city in May 1841, two years after photography was invented in Europe. Messrs.

A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

February 19, 1842

Poetry was a common feature of 19th-century newspapers and was often published anonymously or signed with initials only.

Charles Dickens on Fort Henry

Charles Dickens on Fort Henry

May, 1842

On his 1842 visit to Kingston, Charles Dickens made the following observations, recorded in American Notes, about Fort Henry: "There is a bomb-proof fort here of great strength, which occu

Charles Dickens on Kingston Penitentiary

Charles Dickens on Kingston Penitentiary

May, 1842

On his 1842 visit to Kingston, Charles Dickens made the following observations, recorded in American Notes, about Kingston Penitentiary:

Charles Dickens Visits Kingston

Charles Dickens Visits Kingston

May, 1842

In May of 1842, following an extensive trip to the United States, Charles Dickens made a short trip through parts of Canada beginning in Niagara Falls, passing through Cobourg and Kingston and then

Criticism of the Construction of City Hall

Criticism of the Construction of City Hall

1843

In a letter to the editor, a “Kingstonian” has some harsh words about the city hall, “now in course of erection,” including: "It is said that there are no drains sunk, nor water closets erected; th

The First and Last Words of a Pastor to His People

The First and Last Words of a Pastor to His People

1843

In June of 1843, less than a month after his death, the first and last sermons of Reverend Robert David Cartwright of St.

St. George's Anglican Church - architectural drawing. Source: Queen's University Archives.

John Harvey and St. George's Church

1847-1896

John Harvey, a member of the Royal Artilliary was stationed in Kingston in the 1840s.  During this time he conducted bible classes at St.

Crimean cannon in City Park. Source: City of Kingston.

Crimean War Cannons at the Sir John A. Statue in Kingston's City Park

1853 - present day

The two cannons flanking the Sir John A. statue in Kingston's City Park were captured in the Crimean War (1853 – 1856) as English trophies of war.