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William Lyon Mackenzie is remembered in history not only for the offices he held but also for his belief in the natural rights of man as expressed in the 1837 Rebellion to reform the government of Upper Canada and dedication towards bringing responsible government However a closer look will reveal that Mackenzies role was insignificant in the introduction of responsible government in Upper Canada Mackenzie 1976 406 Born on March 12 1795 at Springfield Dundee Scotland Mackenzie is one of historys most frequently misunderstood figures of all time Only if the man and the legend are separated can one understand his role in history As a legend Mackenzie has a role and importance that Mackenzie the man could never achieve Mackenzie 1976 406 This becomes evident when looking at his irresponsible leadership through examining his ignorant behavior and a thorough analysis of responsible government and its origin in Upper Canada Mackenzie 1976 406 In his early years Mackenzie led a dissipated life of wondering among the streets and was reduced to booze and gambling At an age of 17 to 21 he claimed that he had given up on drinking and gambling On July 17 1814 his illegitimate son was born What he had done to Isabel Reid mother of his son was a sinful deed Mackenzie 1976 407 He did not assume responsibility for the child he abandoned his son and his mother-Elizabeth Mackenzie 1976 407 This exceptional horrid flaw in his character was carried on into his career later on as a mayor Mackenzie was named Torontos first mayor by his fellow councillors defeating John Rolph As mayor Mackenzie was both head of council and chief magistrate for Toronto Mackenzie 1976 500 However despite his definite influence on the city he could not gain the support of the public Mackenzie 1976 500 The city was deeply in debt and due to his inadequate assessment he failed to realize the city
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