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Colonel Arthur Rankin 1816-1893

Colonel Arthur Rankin 1816-1893

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

Colonel Arthur Rankin 1816-1893

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The City of Windsor
On the south side of Riverside Drive
between Rankin Avenue and Bridge Avenue

Coordinates: N 42 18.782 W 83 03.786


Plaque Text

Born in Montreal, Rankin moved to this province about 1830 and qualified as a deputy provincial surveyor in 1836. The next year he was commissioned as an ensign in the Queen's Light Infantry and captured the enemy's flag in the "Battle of Windsor" (December 1838). He commanded the Ninth Upper Canadian Military District 1855-1861 and the 23rd Essex Volunteer Light Infantry Batallion 1866-1868. Vigorous and enterprising, Rankin organized the group of Ojibwa Indians which toured Britain and staged the first "Wild West" show there in 1843. His business interests expanded to include shipping, railroads, real estate, and several mining projects in the Algoma District. First elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1854, Rankin served three terms as the member for Essex.

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