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Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Atlantic Provinces

Colonel John Hamilton Gray

1811 - 1887

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By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
1. Colonel John Hamilton Gray Marker
Inscription.  English:
Born in Charlottetown, a Father of Confederation, Gray served in the Imperial cavalry (1831-52) before entering politics. Elected in 1858 to represent Queen's County, he served as Premier of the province (1863-65) and played a prominent role in the Confederation debates. An ardent confederate, he presided over the Charlottetown Conference and attended the Quebec Conference. When the Island legislature rejected the Quebec Resolutions he left politics and reverted to military life. Adjutant General of the island Militia in 1867, he became, in 1873, Deputy Adjutant General of the 12th Military District. He died at Charlottetown.

Père de la Confédération né à Charlottetown, Gray servit aux Indes et en Afrique (1831-1852). Député de Queen's en 1858, il présida le Conseil exécutif de la Province de 1863 à 1865. Les résolutions de Québec dont il était partisan furent rejetées par l'Assemblée législative. Déjà colonel commandant de la brigade de volontaires en 1862, il devint adjudant général de la milice de l'île en 1867, et adjoint de l'adjudant général du district en 1873. Il mourut à Charlottetown.
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
2. Colonel John Hamilton Gray Marker

Erected 1939 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Location. 46° 14.114′ N, 63° 7.555′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is on Richmond Street just from Great George Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Palmer (here, next to this marker); Thomas Heath Haviland (here, next to this marker); Andrew Archibald Macdonald (here, next to this marker); Edward Whelan (here, next to this marker); William Henry Pope (here, next to this marker); George Coles (here, next to this marker); A BIG Year / Une année CRUCIALE (within shouting distance of this marker); Province House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
More about this marker. This marker is one of seven "Fathers of Confederation" markers located at the northeast corner of Provincial House.
Also see . . .  John Hamilton Gray - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. ...John Hamilton Gray is possibly better known than any of the other talented public figures
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3. Colonel John Hamilton Gray
of the lively and eventful 1850s and 1860s. Though he is most often remembered as a politician, it is clear that he was above all a soldier. His years in public office were but a brief interlude between his service in the British army and with the Island volunteers and the Canadian militia.
(Submitted on January 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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