William Lyon Mackenzie (March 12, 1795 – August 28, 1861) was a
Scottish-born Canadian-American journalist and politician. He founded
newspapers critical of the Family Compact, represented York County in
the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada and aligned with Reformers.
Dundee-born, Mackenzie emigrated to York, Upper Canada, (now Toronto) in
1820 and published his first newspaper in 1824. He was elected to the
legislative assembly in 1827 and became Toronto's first mayor in 1834.
In 1837, he commanded the rebels in the Upper Canada Rebellion, but was
defeated at the Battle of Montgomery's Tavern. He fled to the U.S. to
rally American support for an invasion of Upper Canada. This violated
the Neutrality Act and he was imprisoned. He discovered and published
documents that outlined corrupt financial transactions and government
appointments by New York state officials. He represented Haldimand
County in the legislature of the Province of Canada from 1851 to 1858,
and died in August 1861.
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