Near Morrisburg in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
Sir James Pliny Whitney
Born in Williamsburg and educated at the Cornwall Grammar School, Whitney was called to the Bar in 1876. He was elected to the legislative assembly as Conservative member for Dundas in 1888. A noted orator, he was leader of the opposition 1896-1905. In the latter year the Liberal government headed by the Hon. G.W. Ross was defeated and Whitney became the sixth prime minister of Ontario. He held that post 1905-14 and his administration was noted for its introduction of extensive legislation relating to agriculture, labour, education and public utilities. Whitney received his knighthood in 1908.
Erected by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Location. 44° 55.984′ N, 75° 7.724′ W. Marker is near Morrisburg, Ontario, in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties. Marker is on Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13105 Riverside Drive, Morrisburg, Ontario K0C 1X0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rev. Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger (within shouting distance of this marker); Aultsville Train Station and Locomotive 1008 (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Battlefield of Crysler’s Farm Battle of Crysler’s Farm 1813 (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); Battle of Crysler’s Farm (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); Loyalist American Regiments / Loyalists of the Indian Nations / Sir John Johnson (approx. 4.8 kilometers away); The Williamsburg Canals (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); Holstein Friesian Cattle in Ontario (approx. 8.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morrisburg.
Also see . . . Sir James Pliny Whitney - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Once in the premier’s chair, Whitney was to be dislodged only by death. He was returned to power in 1908, 1911, and 1914, securing in the process a stranglehold on a majority of Ontario voters and a preponderance of seats. He had travelled a long distance from his by-election triumph in 1888, a time when politics had been coloured by seemingly endless squabbles that related to religious differences. And the province, now held by the Tories for the first time since confederation, was considerably different. (Submitted on April 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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