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Mayor Albert Hugh Dennis

Portrait of Mayor A. H. DennisAlbert Hugh Dennis attended school in Welland County and worked in St. Catharines and St. Thomas, Ontario before arriving in Westfort in approximately 1902. He found work with the Port Arthur-Fort William Street Railway, followed by self-employment as a blacksmith. Dennis was later employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a blacksmith where he worked until his death in 1928, except for the two years he served as Mayor.

Dennis started his political career by running as an Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate in 1911. During the 1917 Federal Election he ran as the ILP candidate for the Fort William and Rainy River riding. As a pro-labour figure, he was extremely popular in the post-war years.  

During his time as Mayor, Dennis reached a deal with the Fort William Paper Company and attempted to negotiate a deal with the province and Ontario Hydro for power for the new mill. Incidentally, Dennis was also the first Mayor of Fort William to choose to forgo his career in order to serve as Mayor full time.

Dennis died in 1928 after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. He was serving his thirteenth term as a City Councillor at the time.

Born: July 20, 1871 in Caistorville, Caistor Township, Lincoln County, Ontario
Died: April 20, 1928 in Fort William, Ontario at the age of 56
Councillor: 1912-1917, 1919, 1925-1928
Mayor: 1920-1921
Mayoral Candidate: 1922

 

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