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This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker
On the back of the statue platform.
Inscription. has been erected by his grandson William Hamilton Merritt of the City of Toronto, son of William Hamilton Merritt Jr. of St. Catharines, as a tribute to the father of Canadian transportation who through initiatory steps in first waterways and railways earned that title.

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 the Legislative Council in 1860. Lieut. Niagara Light Dragoons. June 1812 Capn, Comg, troop Provincial Light Dragoons. 3rd March 1813 present Detroit Expedition (clasp). Queenston Niagara Stony
This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker
Back of statue
Creek and Lundy's Lane Medal and clasp, War 1812-14.

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.
 
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. Touch for map. Statue is on a small green space called Merritt Park. Marker is in this post office area: St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3P7, Canada.
 
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 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
This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
3. This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker
McGuire Street crossing in front of statue.
(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.)
 
Categories. PoliticsWar of 1812War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
4. This Statue of the Honourable William Hamilton Merritt Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 23 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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