John Egan – Lumber Baron and Politician

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Date(s) - Sat, Feb 22, 2020
13:00 - 15:00 0

City of Ottawa Archives


John Egan – Lumber Baron and Politician

Speaker: Michael McBane

1:00-1:30: networking and refreshments
1:30-3:00: presentation

John Egan (1811-1857) was an Irish emigrant to Lower Canada in 1830. From his modest beginning as a depot clerk, he became the ‘Lumber King’ of the Ottawa Valley in the 1850’s. He also served three terms in the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, representing the Lower Canada ridings of Ottawa County and then Pontiac County (1848-1857). In a era when all politics were sectarian, Egan’s political legacy was to build a bridge between Catholics and Protestants, English and French, helping to lay the groundwork for Confederation.

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