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1894-1895 - Alexander David Stewart

Alexander David Stewart
Alexander David Stewart

First educated by tutors, Stewart was sent back to school in Scotland when aged 10. Trained as a doctor at Edinburgh University he also studied with Joseph Lister at Aberdeen. He never practiced as a doctor. He emigrated to Montreal in 1875 and began work with the Bank of Montreal. Two years later he moved to Toronto and ultimately became Deputy Sheriff of York County. In 1880 he appled for the job of Chief of Police in Hamilton and got it. During his six years in office the force was completely modernized and many new initiatives were instituted. Crime dropped significantly. In 1885 he was sent to act as Marshall of the Court for the trial of Louis Riel. After his return he had an altercation with Mayor MacKay in 1886 and resigned from the Police. He then worked various jobs and in 1891 was elected an alderman for Ward 3 and served three years. He was elected Mayor in 1894 and 1895. During his term electricity was installed in City Hall. He was defeated trying for his third term. In 1898 he joined an expedition to the Yukon gold fields. On Somewhere Island at the confluence of the Peel and Beaver Rivers he died of scurvey on March 13, 1899 and was buried there.


Born: September 19, 1852, Leghorn, Italy

Married: Emily Mary Otter, September 3, 1878

Died: March 13, 1899

Buried: Somewhere Island, Yukon Territory


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