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Mayor John Breden


John Breden emigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1832. Along with his brother, he funded a business of supplying meat to the military. This business became apparently quite successful, allowing him to invest in other endeavors such as the Kingston’s Mills.


Official portrait painting of Kingston's Mayor John Breden circa 1867, wearing his mayoral robe and chain, seated at his desk holding a pen and paper

John Breden City of Kingston


In the 1850s, he decided to enter politics and was elected 8 times as council man. In 1866, he presented himself as mayor of Kingston, and was reelected twice.