William Nassau Kennedy Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Nassau_Kennedy

William Nassau Kennedy
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2nd Mayor of Winnipeg
In office
Preceded byFrancis Evans Cornish
Succeeded byThomas Scott
Personal details
Born(1839-04-28)28 April 1839
Newcastle, Upper Canada
Died3 May 1885(1885-05-03) (aged 46)
London, England

William Nassau Kennedy (28 April 1839 – 3 May 1885) was the second Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1875 – 1876. He was the first commander of The Royal Winnipeg Rifles.

Grave of William Nassau Kennedy in Highgate Cemetery


Kennedy was born in Newcastle, Upper Canada (now Newcastle, Ontario) and was the second of six children of John Kennedy, a housepainter and lieutenant-colonel in the militia, and Catharine Lambert.[1]

Kennedy enlisted in the Peterborough Rifles in 1857.[1] He was commissioned in 1865.[1] In 1870 he joined the Wolseley expedition to fight the Red River Rebellion in what is now Manitoba.

He remained in Manitoba after the fighting ended.[1]

He died in London on 3 May 1885 and was buried on the eastern side of Highgate Cemetery, almost opposite the tomb of Karl Marx.