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ON THIS DAY

January 5, 1874

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Winnipeg held its first civic election, pitting lawyer Francis Cornish against newspaper editor and teacher William Luxton. Five hundred and sixty-two ballots were cast - by 388 registered voters. Only property holders were allowed to vote and owners of multiple properties took the opportunit­y to vote multiple times, electing Cornish. He had previously been mayor of London, Ont., and moved to Winnipeg after losing a race for the Ontario legislatur­e.

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