John Easton Mills: The Martyr Mayor of Montreal

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John Easton Mills: The Martyr Mayor of Montreal
Abstract
The American-born banker John Easton Mills (1796-1847) was elected mayor of Montreal in December 1846. In the summer of 1847, a typhus epidemic hit Montreal, brought to the city on the "coffin ships" carrying infected Irish immigrants fleeing a famine in their home country. Soon the sick and dying immigrants were overcrowding the city's port, and a doctor alerted Mills of the high risk of contagion. Mills began organizing relief efforts for the sick, including ordering the construction of fever sheds along the St. Lawrence in Point St. Charles where the sick could be tended. Mills volunteered as a nurse at the sheds, and contracted the disease, dying shortly after on November 12, 1847. He had served as mayor for less than a year. His devotion to both his city and to the sick led to his epitaph as "the martyr mayor" of Montreal.
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Montreal
Publisher
[s.n.]
Date
1911
Language
en
Citation
Guerin, Bellelle Guerin. John Easton Mills: The Martyr Mayor of Montreal. Montreal: [s.n.], 1911.
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