2016 Samuel G. Read (Historical Candidate)
Born in Brantford in 1843, Samuel George Read was a highly regarded, accomplished entrepreneur and public servant. Throughout his longstanding career, Samuel worked tirelessly to champion causes that would better his community. In 1870, Samuel established a remarkably successful real estate and auctioneering business that by 1967 was the oldest real estate and insurance company in the City. In his later years, Samuel recalled a day when the busiest portion of Colborne Street was next to the famed Lorne Bridge. Interestingly, in addition to a passion for real estate, Samuel also had an extensive retail inventory of pianos, organs and sewing machines. Samuel served on City Council for 11 years, holding the office of Alderman from 1883 to 1890, when he was elected Mayor of the City of Brantford. A political reformer and influential voice in the community, Samuel held several additional high profile positions including, Governor of the John H. Stratford Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the Society Finance Committee, Chairman of the Manufacturer’s Committee, member of the board of Police Commissioners, member of the Board of Trade, member of the Free Library Board, and member of the Board of Water Commissioners. From humble beginnings, to successful businessman, to highly respected civic leader, Samuel’s dedication to his community in both private and public life is a testament to what can be achieved through hard work, passion and perseverance.