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William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862

 
 
William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker
Inscription. Born of a Loyalist family in the State of New York, Merritt became a pioneer merchant and industrialist on Upper Canada's Niagara frontier. In 1818 he began to promote construction of the Welland Canal, of which he became the first general manager (1824-41). Active in provincial politics from 1832 to 1862 as MLA, President of the Executive Council (1848-50) and Commissioner fo Public Works (1850-51), he devoted his considerable energies to the economic development of the province through advocacy of such measures as the improvement of the St. Lawrence navigation and limited reciprocal free trade with the United States.

Issu d'une famille loyaliste newyorkaise, Merritt devint un des premiers commercants et industriels de la region frontière du Niagara dans le Haut-Canada. En 1818, il a commencé à promouvoir l'amenagement du canal Welland, dont il fut le premier directeur général (1824-1841). Depute provincial de 1832 à 1862, président du conseil exécutif (1848-1850) et commissaire des Travaux publics (1850-1851), cet homme dynamique se consacra a l'essor économique de la province en appuyant des mesures comme l'amélioration de la navigation sur le St-Laurent et un libre-échangisme restreint avec les États-Unis.
 
Erected 1974 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada,
William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker
There is formally dressed figure with a cut out face next to the marker. The Welland Canal is beyond the fences.
Govenment of Canada.
 
Location. 43° 9.355′ N, 79° 11.65′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. Marker is within a fenced green space just to the north and rear of the museum building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R7K6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welland Ship Canal (a few steps from this marker); Bollard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fourth Welland Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); International Shipmasters' Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Cannon Barrel (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Welland Canals (within shouting distance of this marker); Spring Tooth Cultivator (within shouting distance of this marker); The Welland Canals and the St. Lawrence Seaway System (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welland Canal - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. William Hamilton Merritt - Wikpedia. (Submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre
William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
3. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker
Eastward, back of marker, stairs for elevated canal viewing platform.
. (Submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWaterways & Vessels
 
Welland Canal Destination Distances (km) image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
4. Welland Canal Destination Distances (km)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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