Francis Cassidy, Mayor of Montreal, Quebec for three months in 1873, until his term was cut short by death.(17 January 1827 – 14 June 1873) was a Canadian lawyer and politician, the
|14th Mayor of Montreal|
February 1873 – June 1873
|Preceded by||Charles-Joseph Coursol|
|Succeeded by||Aldis Bernard|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Ouest|
|Preceded by||Alexander Walker Ogilvie|
|Succeeded by||John Wait McGauvran|
|Born||17 January 1827|
Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, Lower Canada
|Died||14 June 1873 (aged 46)|
|Resting place||Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery|
Cassidy was born at Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, in what is today Quebec's Montcalm Regional County Municipality, Quebec. Despite spending childhood in a poor family, he attended Collège de l’Assomption with the support of Abbé Étienne Normandin. He began legal studies in Montreal, formally becoming a lawyer on 18 August 1848. After developing a distinguished legal career, he was designated Queen's Counsel on 5 August 1863.
He was a founder of the Institut canadien de Montréal and served as its president between 1849 and 1850 and again between 1857 and 1858. From 1871 to 1873, he served as a Conservative member for Montréal-Ouest riding during the first portion of the 2nd Legislative Assembly of Quebec.
- Répertoire des personnages inhumés au cimetière ayant marqué l'histoire de notre société (in French). Montreal: Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- "Francis Cassidy". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Francis Cassidy at City of Montreal
- (in French) Les archives de Radio-Canada: Francis Cassidy, maire de Montréal (2 November 1948)