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St. Catharines in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
 

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
Southward view (English)
Inscription.  A pioneer in the field of transportation, Merritt was born in Bedford, New York and settled at Twelve Mile Creek (St. Catharines) with his Loyalist family in 1796. He served with the provincial cavalry during the War of 1812, then operated mercantile and milling enterprises here. Primarily responsible for the construction of the first Welland Canal (1824-33). Merritt worked tirelessly to promote this ambitious venture, both by raising funds and by enlisting government support. During his long tenure in the Legislative Assembly (1832-60) he championed freer trade policies and various transportation projects. In particular he advocated building a comprehensive system of canals and railways linking inland waters with the ocean, a scheme which foreshadowed the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway over 100 years later.

Né à Bedford, New York, William Merritt, un pionnier dans le domaine des transports, s'installe en 1796 à Twelve Mile Creek (St. Catharines) avec sa famille loyaliste. Membre de la cavalerie provinciale durant la Guerre de 1812, il exploite ensuite un commerce et une meunerie. On lui doit la construction du premier canal Welland
William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker
Northward view (French)
(1824-1833), enterprise à laquelle il travaille sans relache pour réunir des fonds et obtenir du gouvernement. Pendant son long mendat à l'Assemblée légistlative (1832-1860), il prone un commerce plus libre et défend divers projets dans le domaine des transports. Il a préconise notamment la construction d'un important réseau de canaux et de chemins de fer pour relier les eaux intérieures à l'océan, un projet qui présageait l'ouverture de la Voire maritime du Saint-Laurent cent ans plaus tard.
 
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 43° 9.252′ N, 79° 14.765′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker is at the intersection of St. Paul Street West (County Route 81) and McGuire Street, on the left when traveling south on St. Paul Street West. Marker is located in a small green space called Merrit Park. It is next to the Merritt statue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 St Paul Street West, St Catharines, Ontario L2R 3N8, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt (here, next to this marker); Anglican Church, St. Catharines
William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
3. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker
Northward view, marker is left of the Merritt statue. McGuire Street crosses in front.
(here, next to this marker); In Memorium Reqviescant in Pace (within shouting distance of this marker); Niagara District United Empire Loyalists Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lance Corporal Fred Fisher, V.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis Shickluna 1808-1880 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Shipbuilding in St. Catharines 1845 (about 150 meters away); Ridley College (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Hamilton Merritt - Wikpedia. (Submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Welland Canal - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
4. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 Marker
Southward view; marker is by the tipping orange construction sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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