Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 9, 2014

Artifact of the Week. Cornwall’s Mayors


With the 2014 Municipal elections in full swing, I thought it would be interesting to see images of some of our past Mayors.

J.F. Pringle above served as mayor in 1855 and 1856.  He is seen here in his judicial robes in a photograph taken circa 1890 by Thomas Lafleur.


An early 19th century Wedgwood Basalt inkwell, with an incised reeding design and four quill holders.  This inkwell may have very well been used by Pringle, as it came from the Water Street Court House, and was “retired” by United Counties Sheriff  William Mack in the early 20th century and donated to the museum by Mary Mack in 1956.


Cornwall industrialist Andrew Hodge served as Mayor in 1875 and 1876.


Sports figures have been popular candidates for Cornwall politics for well over a century.  In the 19th century the National sport was lacrosse and an interest in lacrosse was an entry into politics as hockey is today.

Frank Lally, the proprietor of Lally’s Lacrosse Sticks and a fine lacrosse player served as mayor in 1893.

scan0006Hotel-man Angus Lalonde was elected Cornwall’s first French-Canadian mayor in 1904.  Eight decades later a descendant Ron Martelle also occupied the post.


John A. Chisholm served as Cornwall’s chief magistrate in 1912, 1921 and 1922.

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