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Major John Richardson (1796-1852)

Major John Richardson

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Major John Richardson

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The Town of Amherstburg
Behind the Fort Malden National Historic Site Visitor Centre
on Laird Avenue South near Elm Avenue

Coordinates: N 42 06.471 W 83 06.816


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Plaque Text

Born at Queenston in Upper Canada, John Richardson served as a volunteer at Fort Malden during the War of 1812 and was taken prisoner by the Americans at Moraviantown. He was released at war's end, retired on half-pay in 1818, and spent most of the next 20 years in Europe. There he won a certain literary reputation with works such as the poem Tecumseh and Wacousta, a historical novel. Returning to Canada as a journalist, he founded the New Era in Brockville where, in 1842, he published his history, The War of 1812. Financial success eluded him, and before 1850 he moved to New York where he died in poverty.

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> Posted May 30, 2010
IODE (Imperial Order Daughter of the Empire) pays tribute to Major John Richardson. An existing Chapter in Windsor, Ontario renamed their chapter formerly Ford City since 1918 to Major John Richardon in 1930.

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