On this day in 1795, William Lyon Mackenzie, first mayor of the Canadian city of Toronto and a key figure in the Canadian revolutions preceding the country’s independence, was born. He helped modernize the future commercial and cultural capital of Canada, turning it from “Muddy York” to the city of Toronto. He also helped with the Canadian revolutions, and although they failed and he was exiled in the 1830’s, he returned to lead on more revolution. However, he died in 1861 of an apoplectic seizure, at the age of 76, mere years before his dream was realized and his native country of Canada gained its independence from the British Crown.
“Once a nation parts with the control of its credit, it matters not who makes the laws.”-William Lyon Mackenzie King (his grandson)