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Robert Baldwin Sullivan

Mayor of Toronto
In office
1835 – 1835
Preceded by William Lyon Mackenzie
Succeeded by Thomas David Morrison

In office
1841 – 1851

Born May 24, 1802(1802-05-24)
Bandon, County Cork, Ireland
Died April 14, 1853 (aged 50)
Toronto, Canada West
Relations William Warren Baldwin, uncle

Robert Baldwin Sullivan, QC (May 24, 1802 – April 14, 1853), was a Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician who became the 2nd Mayor of Toronto.

He was born in Bandon, County Cork in the Ireland in 1802 and came to York (Toronto) with his family in 1819. He studied law and was called to the bar in 1828. He moved to Vittoria, then the district town of the London District, and married in 1829, but returned to York after his wife's death in 1830. He remarried in 1833.

In 1835, he was elected to town council and was chosen to be mayor. He added a business like atmosphere to council with the official 'robes of office'. The council worked on matters like tax rates, grants and the removal of 'filth and nuisances from the city streets'.

On May 6, 1835, council's committee on draining and paving approved construction of the city's first main sewer on King Street into which all drains and sewers were to be connected.

In 1836, actions by new Lieutenant Governor Francis Bond Head triggered the resignation of the members of the Executive Council for the province. Sullivan accepted an appointment to the council. In the same year, he became the commissioner of crown lands. In 1839, he was appointed surveyor general for the province and became a member of the Legislative Council. Although criticized by many as a turncoat, he was an able administrator. He supported the union of Upper and Lower Canada and was appointed to the Legislative Council for the united provinces.

In 1848, he was appointed to the Queen's Bench.

He died in Toronto in 1853.


  • Russell, Victor Loring, Mayors of Toronto, Volume 1, 1834–1899, Boston Mills Press, 1982

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Beverly Robinson
Provincial Secretary of Upper Canada
Succeeded by
replaced by the Provincial Secretary of Canada West


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