Can you name which Windsor mayoral race was decided with a deck of cards? Do you know which Windsor mayor lasted just 8 days in office? Or which Windsor mayor proposed the Windsor-Detroit tunnel be built?
In celebration of the May 26 opening of the new City Hall and the recent announcement that portraits of Windsor mayors will be on display at the new municipal office, Windsor Public Library staff have posted biographies and images of all 34 Windsor mayors on the Famous Windsorites portal, which can be found on the library website – windsorpubliclibrary.com.
The Famous Windsorites portal began in November 2015 to help WPL better serve our customers. As library staff answer customer questions about famous Windsor residents we post our research on-line to share with the entire community. This is an ongoing project and is by no means an exhaustive list of all the great people who have called Windsor, Ontario home, but it is a start. To date we have over 200 listings – with more being added daily.
Members of the community are urged to browse the Mayors of Windsor section of the portal. Information on the first Mayor of Windsor Oscar Fleming, the first female mayor Elizabeth Kishkon – as well as current mayor Drew Dilkens, can be found there. We have also posted a mayoral quiz on the library website, which contains little known facts and information on some of our more interesting community leaders.
“This is great service for the Windsor community,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “WPL has been acquiring, preserving and making available historic records of the City of Windsor, its boards and commissions for many years but with the implementation of the FAMOUS WINDORITES portal, we succeeded in bringing together biographies and images of all of the individuals who have contributed to the success and notoriety of this great city.”
Windsorites – and indeed – everyone is urged to take time to visit the WPL website to learn more about the history of Windsor mayors and take our quiz. You’ll find the answers to the questions posed here and you may discover that you’re an authority on the political ancestry of the Windsor community.