Mayor Benjamin Hardiman sitting for a black and white phptogrpah wearing a suit and tieDr. Benjamin Charles Hardiman arrived in Fort William in 1906 with his family; his father was employed by the Canada Iron Foundry plant. In 1914, Hardiman graduated from medical school at Queen’s University and began a practice in East End, Saskatchewan, before enlisting with the army in 1916. He served both on Canadian soil and in England and France, arriving back in Canada by June 1919, where he worked as a medical officer for war veterans.

After serving several years as a Councillor, Hardiman was elected Mayor of Fort William in 1937. During his term in office, he concentrated on reorganizing the Board of Health by restructuring the personnel and finance departments. He ran again for the 1938 Mayoralty, but was defeated by Chisholm Ross by a mere 58 votes.

Hardiman had a successful general practice in Fort William and worked as the City’s coroner from 1951 to 1963. He also held the position of President of the McKellar Hospital Medical Staff  in 1926.

Born: Nov. 7, 1886 in London, England

Died: April 4, 1966 in Fort William, Ontario at the age of 79

Councillor Candidate: 1929

Councillor: 1935-1936, 1939-1944, 1953-1958

Mayor: 1937

Mayoral Candidate: 1938, 1945


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