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Dr. Robert Hamilton Coats 1874-1960

Dr. Robert Hamilton Coats 1874-1960

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

Dr. Robert Hamilton Coats 1874-1960

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

Dr. Robert Hamilton Coats 1874-1960

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Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Municipality of Central Huron
In Clinton, on the north side of Princess Street East
across from Gibbings Street

Coordinates: N 43 37.033 W 81 32.081


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Plaque Text

Born near here, Coats was educated locally and graduated in 1896 from the University of Toronto. In 1902 Mackenzie King, then Deputy Minister of Labour, persuaded Coats to become editor of the Labour Gazette. In this position he became convinced of the need for reliable government statistics. In 1915 he was appointed Canada's first Dominion Statistician and Controller of the Census. Coats drafted the legislation which established the Dominion Bureau of Statistics three years later. Twice a member of statistical committees with the League of Nations, he also served, after retiring in 1942, as a statistical advisor to the Ontario Government and to the United Nations. Coats was honoured by three Canadian universities and was a member of many foreign statistical societies.

Related Ontario plaque
William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1874-1950



Other Plaques in Clinton
The Slomans and the CNR School on Wheels
The Founding of Clinton
Horatio Emmons Hale 1817-1896

Central Huron Plaques

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