From the beginning of Bytown to today, there have been 73 mayoral mandates. Eight mandates were served in Bytown from 1847 to 1854, 62 mandates were served from 1855 to 2001 (before amalgamation) and three mandates including the current one have been served post amalgamation. There were also two acting mayors for short periods of time in 2009.
There are few details about the wives of the different mayors. In many cases, only names, dates of marriages and number of children have been recorded.
1. ANNA ECCLES
ELIZABETH SUSAN WILSON
(John Bower Lewis)
All three women were wives of Ottawa’s first mayor John Bower Lewis. Lewis was Mayor of Ottawa from 1855 to 1857, but had also been mayor of Bytown in 1848. He married three times: to Anna Eccles in 1840, to Helen Street in 1843 and to Elizabeth Susan Wilson in 1856.
2. (no information found on marriage status)
3. MARY ABBOT
Was the wife of Ottawa’s third mayor. Workman was mayor from 1860 to 1862. Mary Abbot died in 1874 at the age of 72. She is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.