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The Honourable John Rolph, M.D. 1793-1870

The Honourable John Rolph, M.D. 1793-1870

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Honourable John Rolph, M.D. 1793-1870

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The Township of Southwold
On the south side of Fingall Line (Road 16)
1.8 km west of Road 4, street number 39545

Coordinates: N 42 46.265 W 81 13.799


Plaque Text

This property once belonged to John Rolph, a prominent physician, lawyer and legislator. Born in England, he emigrated to Upper Canada in 1812. In 1824, with Dr. Charles Duncombe, he established at St. Thomas, the province's first medical school, the "Talbot Dispensatory". A reformer, Rolph represented Middlesex in the assembly, 1824-29 and Norfolk 1836-37. Although not an active participant in the Rebellion of 1837, he was so seriously implicated that he was compelled to flee to the United States. He returned in 1843, established a noted medical school in Toronto, and became the founder of the radical Clear Grit party 1849-50 and president of the legislative council, 1855-57.

Related Ontario plaques
Dr. Charles Duncombe 1791-1867
Duncombe's Uprising 1837
1837 Rebellion

Related Toronto plaque
The Rolph School


Rebellion of 1837

Doctors and Nurses

Southwold Plaques

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