Joseph-Balsora Turgeon (1810 – July 17, 1897) was the first French-Canadian mayor of Bytown, Canada. He was born in Terrebonne, Quebec in 1810 and came to Bytown in around 1836. He was elected to the town council in 1848, 1849, 1851 and 1852. In 1852, he became a school trustee and also founded L'Institut canadien-français d'Ottawa. He became mayor of Bytown in 1853.[1] Turgeon proposed the establishment of a Separate School system in Bytown and also lobbied for more French-speaking teachers. He also suggested a new name rich in history, Ottawa, for the town.

Joseph Balsora Turgeon
Joseph B. Turgeon first francophone mayor of Bytown in 1853 - Joseph B. Turgeon premier maire francophone de Bytown en 1853 (21701172318) (cropped).jpg
Mayor of Bytown
In office
Preceded byRichard William Scott
Succeeded byHenry J. Friel
Personal details
Terrebonne, Quebec
DiedJuly 17, 1897
Hull, Quebec

He died in Hull, Quebec in 1897 and buried at Notre Dame Cemetery.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Mullington, Dave (2005). Chain of Office: Biographical Sketches of the Early Mayors of Ottawa (1847–1948). GeneralStore PublishingHouse. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-897113-17-2.


  • Pelletier, Jean Yves (2006), L'Institut canadien-français d'Ottawa (1852 à 2002), Ottawa, Ontario: Jean Yves Pelletier
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard William Scott
Mayor of Bytown
Succeeded by
Henry J. Friel