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Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

John William Ritchie


John William Ritchie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2019
1. John William Ritchie Marker
A gifted lawyer, legislator, and judge, this Father of Confederation helped pave the way for Nova Scotia's reluctant entry into the new Dominion. He was a member of this colony's legislature and served as solicitor general (1864-1867) before acting as a delegate to the London Conference in 1866-1867, which finalized the terms of the federal union of the British North American colonies. After championing Confederation in the Legislative Council, Ritchie was appointed to Canada's first Senate and later served on the Nova Scotia Supreme Court before retiring to his estate, Belmont, in 1882.

Avocat réputé, législateur et juge, ce Père de la Confédération favorisa l'entrée dans le nouveau Dominion de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui était jusque-là hésitante. Il fu membre de la législature et solliciteur général de sa colonie (1864-1867) avant de prendre part à la délégation néo-écossaise à la conférence de Londres en 1866-1867, où il aida à finaliser les conditions de l'union fédérale des colonies de l'Amérique du Nord britannique. Ardent défenseur de la Confédération au Conseil législatif,
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il fut nommé au premier Sénat du Canada, puis à la Cour suprême de Nouvelle-Écosse avant de se retirer en 1882 à Belmont, son vaste domaine.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1808.
Location. 44° 37.831′ N, 63° 35.286′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Belmont on the Arm, on the right when traveling east on Beaufort Avenue. Marker is located beside the Halifax Urban Greenway, near the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 981 Halifax Ave, Halifax NS B3H 3X9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Halifax and Castine / Halifax et Castine (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); William Henry Chase (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Drinking Fountain / Fontaine d'eau potable (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Lieut. Henry Edward Clonard Keating (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Public Garden Foundation Fountain (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Summer House / Pavillon d'été
John William Ritchie Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking south from Belmont Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2019
2. John William Ritchie Marker
(wide view looking south from Belmont Avenue)
(approx. 1.4 kilometers away); "Hamilton" Flower-bed arrangement (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Horticulture Hall, post-1945 (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Also see . . .  John William Ritchie. The Ritchie family continued to be influential in Nova Scotia after Ritchie’s death. Three of his daughters became prominent advocates of women’s suffrage and social reform in Nova Scotia. Eliza and Ella Ritchie assumed leadership positions in the Victoria School of Art and Design (now called the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, which they helped found), the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Council of Women. Eliza graduated from Dalhousie University and became the first Canadian woman to earn a PhD when she received her doctorate from Cornell University in 1889. Mary founded the first Girl Guide Company in Nova Scotia in 1911. (Submitted on October 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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