Robert Hervey

Robert Hervey (August 10, 1820 – December 16, 1903) was the third mayor of Bytown in 1849.[1][2] He was a Canadian and later American lawyer.

Robert Hervey
Robert Hervey Source: Library and Archives Canada, C-002049
Mayor of Bytown
In office
Preceded byJohn Bower Lewis
Succeeded byJohn Scott
Personal details
Born(1820-08-10)August 10, 1820
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedDecember 16, 1903(1903-12-16) (aged 83)
Chicago, Illinois, United States

He was born in Glasgow in 1820. He came to Canada where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He partnered in a law practice in Bytown with John Bower Lewis. Hervey was mayor at the time of the Stony Monday Riot where supporters of Hervey, a Tory, clashed with Reformists in what is now the Byward Market area. In 1852, he moved to Chicago, where he continued to practice law. He was one of the founding members of the Chicago Bar Association.


  1. Dave Mullington "Chain of Office: Biographic Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors (1847–1948)" (Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 2005)
  2. Mullington, D. (2005). Chain of Office: Biographical Sketches of the Early Mayors of Ottawa (1847-1948). General Store Publishing House. p. 12. ISBN 9781897113172. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
Preceded by
John Bower Lewis
Mayor of Bytown
Succeeded by
John Scott