John Egan – Lumber baron and Politician


Conference by Michael McBane, author
DATE:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019,  7:30 p.m.
Presented in French
(Reservation required – symmesreception@gmail.com)

John Egan (1811-1857) was an Irish immigrant who began as a clerk for a lumber trader and where he learned the basics of the trade. He will become a prominent Aylmer businessman and “Lumber Baron” with more than 3,500 men in his employment in the 1850s. He was also the first Mayor of Aylmer and a deputy for ten years in the Parliament of the Province of Canada. At a time when all Canadian politics was sectarian, his political legacy was to establish a bridge between Protestant Orangemen, Irish Catholics and French Canadians.