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Thomas Mercer Jones, 1795-1868

Thomas Mercer Jones, 1795-1868

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Town of Goderich
Beside a flagpole at the junction of
Lighthouse and Colbourg streets


Coordinates: N 43 44.535 W 81 43.400

Map

Plaque Text

A powerful Canada Company land magnate, Jones was born in England and acquired business training there. By virtue of his London connections he obtained an appointment as a Company Commissioner and moved to York (Toronto) in 1829. He administered a large portion of this Company's lands, the 405,000 ha Huron Tract, and by 1839 wielded unrivalled authority in the area. At the height of his influence he moved his headquarters to a newly constructed, lavishly furnished Goderich mansion, later known as Park House. A controversial figure, he was dismissed in 1852 for exceeding his authority. He remained in Goderich as the Bank of Montreal agent until 1857 when he moved to Toronto where he died.


Other plaques at this location
The Founding of Goderich
The Great Storm of 1913

Related Ontario plaque
Pioneers of the Huron Tract 1828-1928

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