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Henry J. Friel c. 1863. Photo by Samuel J. Jarvis. Library and Archives Canada No. 3200275

Born in Montreal, Henry James Friel was elected to the first Bytown town council in 1847 and served as the last mayor of Bytown in 1854. He was elected mayor of Ottawa in 1863, 1868, and 1869. During his time as mayor, he petitioned for Bytown’s city status (granted in 1855) and established Ottawa’s first police force (1863).

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