|14th Mayor of Montreal|
February 1873 – June 1873
|Preceded by||Charles-Joseph Coursol|
|Succeeded by||Aldis Bernard|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Ouest|
|Preceded by||Alexander Walker Ogilvie|
|Succeeded by||John Wait McGauvran|
|Born||17 January 1827|
Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, Lower Canada
|Died||14 June 1873 (aged 46)|
Cassidy was born at Saint-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, in what is today Quebec's Montcalm Regional County Municipality, Quebec. Despite spending childhood in a poor family, he attended Collège de l’Assomption with the support of Abbé Étienne Normandin. He began legal studies in Montreal, formally becoming a lawyer on 18 August 1848. After developing a distinguished legal career, he was designated Queen's Counsel on 5 August 1863.
He was a founder of the Institut canadien de Montréal and served as its president between 1849 and 1850 and again between 1857 and 1858. From 1871 to 1873, he served as a Conservative member for Montréal-Ouest riding during the first portion of the 2nd Legislative Assembly of Quebec.
Just months after becoming Montreal's uncontested mayor in February 1873, Cassidy died in office that June. He never married.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- "Francis Cassidy". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Francis Cassidy at City of Montreal
- ‹See Tfd›(in French) Les archives de Radio-Canada: Francis Cassidy, maire de Montréal (2 November 1948)
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