John Scott (Canadian politician)

John Scott (1822 – May 1, 1857) was the first mayor of Bytown, later Ottawa, in 1847.[1] He also served a second term as mayor in 1850. He concurrently served in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada representing Bytown from 1848 to 1851.[2]

John Scott
Mayor of Bytown
In office
Preceded byRobert Hervey
Succeeded byJohn Bower Lewis
In office
Preceded byRobert Hervey
Succeeded byCharles Sparrow
Personal details
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
DiedMay 1, 1857
New York City, New York, United States
Spouse(s)Nancy Louisa Wright

He was born in Brockville, Ontario in 1822. He studied law in Toronto and was called to the bar in the early 1840s. He came to Bytown to practice law in 1845.

Scott married Nancy Louisa Wright (1830–1901), daughter of Tiberuis Wright and Lois Ricker and a granddaughter of Philemon Wright, in 1850.[3] By the 1850s Scott moved to Goderich, Ontario where he served as county judge, died in New York City and buried in Hull, Quebec.[4]


  1. Judge John Scott
  2. [Dave Mullington "Chain of Office: Biographic Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors (1847-1948)" (Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 2005)]
  3. Nancy Louisa Wright
  4. Mullington, Dave (2005). Chain of Office: Biographical Sketches of the Early Mayors of Ottawa (1847-1948). ISBN 9781897113172.
Preceded by
Mayor of Bytown
Succeeded by
John Bower Lewis
Preceded by
Robert Hervey
Mayor of Bytown
Succeeded by
Charles Sparrow