Moss Kent Dickinson

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Moss Kent Dickinson (June 1, 1822 – July 19, 1897) was a Canadian businessman, mayor of Ottawa from 1864 to 1866 and member of the Canadian Parliament from 1882 to 1887.

He was born in Denmark, New York in 1822. His family moved to Cornwall, Ontario in 1827. By 1847, he had established a business transporting goods on the Rideau Canal between Ottawa and Kingston. In 1860, with Joseph Merrill Currier, he completed construction of a mill, later Watson's Mill, at what would become the village of Manotick. Dickinson chose the name "Manotick" from Ojibwa words meaning "Island in the river". Dickinson's sawmill and grist mill served as the economic basis for the formation of the village.

His home in Manotick near the mill served as campaign headquarters for Sir John A. Macdonald in the 1882 election. Dickinson was elected in the riding of Russell in the 1882 federal election. (Dickinson was the last non-Liberal MP for Russell County until Pierre Lemieux was elected in 2006, a span of 124 years.) His son George Lemuel also served in the House of Commons.

He died in Manotick in 1897. Dickinson Days are celebrated in Manotick on the first weekend in June.

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