William M. Hossak
|Mayor of Quebec City|
12 November 1869 – 7 January 1870
|Preceded by||John Lemesurier|
|Succeeded by||Adolphe Guillet dit Tourangeau|
12 January 1814|
Quebec City, Quebec
|Died||1896 (age c. 82)|
|Spouse(s)||Helen Peebles (m. 1868)|
Hossak worked at his father's grocery business until establishing his own business, a leather tannery. That enterprise was destroyed in the massive Quebec City fire of 1845 after which Hossak returned to selling groceries.
After retiring from business and travelling through Europe and Egypt, Hossak returned to Quebec City and became a city councillor in the St Louis ward for eight years until his appointment as the city's Mayor in November 1869. However, Hossak was unable to legally maintain the Mayor's chair because of his residency outside the city and therefore left office within two months.
In 1888, Hossak continued to contribute to public life as Chair of the Protestant Board of School Commissionners, the Vice-President of the Literary and Historical Society and the President of the Quebec City Mission. He was a member of the city's Chalmers Church serving as Treasurer in the late 1880s.
- Rose, George Maclean (1888). A cyclopaedia of Canadian biography; being chiefly men of the time. A collection of persons distinguished in professional and political life; leaders in the commerce and industry of Canada, and successful pioneers. Toronto: Rose Publishing Company. pp. 330–331.
- Rulers.org - Canada - Major cities
- (French) City of Quebec: City Hall - Mayors since 1833
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