St. Catharines in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt
He projected and carried to a successful completion the bridging of the cataract of Niagara by the Welland Canal 1824-29, the first railway suspension bridge in the world spanning the gorge of the same river 1846-55, and the Welland Railway 1855-58. He was the proposer and first chairman of the St. Lawrence Canals Commission 1832.
Advocated the Sault Ste Marie Canal, principal promoter of the first railroad charter in Canada, the Niagara and Detroit Rivers Railway Company 1836-46; assisted the Great Western Railroad 1846.
Advocated daily fast transatlantic steamships and gave impetus to many important improvements as President of the Council of 1848, and Commissioner of Public Works 1850, in the Government of Canada. He was twice elected member of Parliament for Haldimond in 1832 and 1841, and seven times for Lincoln 1841-60. He was elected to
Born July 3rd 1793, died July 5th 1862. Son of Major Thomas Merritt U.E.L. of St. Catharines and grandson of Thomas Merrtt U.E.L. of St. John N.B., who loyal to King and flag, left Westchester County Long Island Sound N.Y and the revolting states and landed in Canada 1782.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War of 1812 • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
Location. 43° 9.251′ N, 79° 14.761′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of St. Paul Street West (County Route 81) and McGuire Street, on the right when traveling north on St. Paul Street West. Statue is on a small green space called Merritt Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 St Paul Street West, St Catharines ON L2R 3N8, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 (here, next to this marker); Anglican Church, St. Catharines (a few steps from this marker); In Memorium Reqviescant in Pace (within shouting distance of this 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 120 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 . . . William Hamilton Merritt - Wikpedia. (Submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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 341 times since then and 19 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.