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Name: Thomas Ahearn  
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Date of Birth: 23rd February 1904
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, USA
Profession: Writer
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This article is about the Canadian inventor. For the Canadian member of Parliament, see Thomas Franklin Ahearn.

Thomas Ahearn (June 24, 1855 - June 28, 1938) was a Canadian inventor and businessman.

He was born in the Lebreton Flats area of Ottawa in 1855. He began work as a telegraph operator with the J.R. Booth Company, later becoming a manager in several early telephone companies in Ottawa, including the Bell Telephone Company office in Ottawa. In 1882, he founded the firm of Ahearn & Soper, electrical contractors, with Warren Soper. In the same year, Ahearn set up telephone service for Parliament Hill and government offices. Ahearn and Soper set up thousands of electric lights on the Parliament Buildings for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1887. In 1892, he was the first person to prepare a meal on an electric stove.

He was founder and president of the Ottawa Electric Railway Company, which provided electric streetcar service in the town and had the first streetcars with electric heaters. This private operation was later taken over by OC Transpo. He was chairman of the Federal District Commission, the predecessor to the National Capital Commission. Ahearn personally funded most of the construction costs for the Champlain Bridge across the Ottawa River. He helped found a number of early Ottawa companies including the Ottawa Electric Company, which introduced electric streetlights to Ottawa and was the predecessor to Hydro Ottawa, the Ottawa Gas Company and the Ottawa Car Manufacturing Company, which manufactured streetcars.

In 1942, Ahearn set up radio facilities across Canada to broadcast the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Confederation.

He was named to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada in 1928.

External link

  • OC Transpo history

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