Brockville in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
1798 - 1865
A prominent Canadian politician, Morris was born in Paisley, Scotland. His family immigrated to Canada in 1801 and later settled in Elizabethtown (Brockville). He joined his brothers, Alexander and William, in business there about 1820 and by 1836 had gained prominence in commercial and banking circles. Morris represented Leeds in the provincial legislature from 1837 until his appointment to the Legislative Council in 1844. Named first Canadian postmaster-general in 1851, when responsibility for that service passed from the British government, he introduced Canada's first stamps, and significantly standardized and reduced rates. Morris subsequently served as speaker of the Legislative Council (1853–54, 1858) and concluded his public career as receiver-general (1862–63) in the Reform ministry of J.S. Macdonald and L.-V. Sicotte.
Erected 1979 by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Recreation.
Location. 44° 35.423′ N, 75° 41.156′ W. Marker is in Brockville, Ontario, in Leeds & Grenville Counties. Marker is at the intersection of William Street and Court House Square, on the left when traveling south on William Street. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sally Grant (within shouting Sir William Buell Richards (within shouting distance of this marker); Leeds-Grenville County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnstown District Court House and Gaol (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. K.C.B. (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Brockville Post Office (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ogle Robert Gowan, 1803-1876 (about 90 meters away); William Buell, Sr. (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Brockville Tunnel (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Brockville "Van" or Caboose (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brockville.
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