Near Morrisburg in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Charity & Public Work • Education • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 44° 55.984′ N, 75° 7.724′ W. Marker is near Morrisburg, Ontario, in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties. Marker is on Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rev. Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger (within shouting distance of this marker); Churches of South Dundas (approx. one kilometer away); Aultsville Train Station and Locomotive 1008 (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); George H. Challies (approx. 4.6 kilometers away); Battlefield of Crysler’s Farm (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); 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). 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, (Submitted on April 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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