Lawrence Kavanagh (Kavanah) (1764–1830), took his seat in Legislature. From St. Peter’s, Cape Breton, he was a prominent merchant, known as “The Emancipator.” He was one of two representatives from Cape Breton, which had joined the mainland House of Assembly in October 1820. He was identified “with the Acadian and Irish.” He came from one of the first English-speaking families that settled on Cape Breton Island after the fall of Louisbourg in 1758. He was also the first Roman Catholic to hold a seat in a legislature in the Atlantic Provinces — and did not have to subscribe an oath against popery. He served in the House of Assembly till his death in 1830.