Brockville in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
Ogle Robert Gowan, 1803-1876
A prominent provincial politician, Gowan was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He came to Upper Canada in 1829 and immediately immersed himself in political affairs. Drawing upon his experience in the Irish Orange Order, Gowan established the Grand Orange Lodge of British North America in 1830 and , as the first Canadian grand master, ably guided the organization during its formative years. In 1836 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly, representing this area intermittently until 1861. A shrewd strategist and an effective orator, he gradually broadened his influence, using his newspaper, the “Brockville Statesman,” to promote his political views. Following his retirement from provincial politics, Gowan continued to work for the retention of strong ties with Britain, a cause he had upheld throughout his career.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture.
Location. 44° 35.422′ N, 75° 41.092′ W. Marker is in Brockville, Ontario, in Leeds & Grenville Counties. Marker is on Court House Square just from Court House Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Court House Square, Brockville, Ontario K6V 4T3, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. K.C.B. (a few steps from this marker); Johnstown District Court House and Gaol (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Brockville Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Sally Grant (within shouting distance of this marker); Leeds-Grenville County Court House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Sir William Buell Richards (about 90 meters away); James Morris (about 90 meters away); The Brockville "Van" or Caboose (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brockville.
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