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Colonel John Prince 1796-1870

Colonel John Prince 1796-1870

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2006

Plaque Location

The District of Algoma
The City of Sault Ste. Marie
Over a bridge from the parking lot near the pond
in Bellevue Park off Queen Street East at Lake Street

Coordinates: N 46 30.008 W 84 17.989


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Plaque Text

Here, on a portion of his former estate, is buried Col. Prince who emigrated from England in 1833 and settled at Sandwich, Upper Canada. As commanding officer of the Essex Militia, he stirred up a violent controversy by ordering the summary execution of four members of an armed force sympathizing with Mackenzie's Rebellion which invaded the Windsor area from Detroit in December, 1838. He represented Essex in the legislative assembly 1836-40 and 1841-54. Prince was appointed the first judge of the Algoma District in 1860. Colourful and eccentric, he became one of early Sault Ste. Marie's best known citizens.

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> Posted April 28, 2011
I and several other concerned citizens here in Sault Ste. Marie are taking on city hall regarding a passed proposal (Sept.13,2010), that allows a religious grotto to be built on Prince Isl.(Bellevue Park). We are by no means anti catholic, we just want the grotto built somewhere else. We want to keep this heritage site protected. Would anyone have any advice or suggestions as to what can be done or who to contact?
Thanks, Vance Boulet, vlb54@shaw.ca

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