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Malcolm Cameron 1808-1876

Malcolm Cameron 1808-1876

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Alexander Morris 1826-1889

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

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Perth
On the southeast corner of Colbourne Street
and Drummond Street East
[Note: The first photo above shows the plaque in its old location. The Google Street View and the map coordinates and the map below show it in its current location. I'd like to thank Rick Mason for letting me know about the location change.]


Coordinates: N 44 54.025 W 76 14.875

Map

Plaque Text

A prominent Upper Canadian entrepreneur and politician, Cameron was born in Trois-Rivieres. He began his business career in Perth, establishing himself as a general merchant and in 1834 co-founding the Bathurst Courier. In 1837 he moved to Port Sarnia where he developed lumbering, shipping and milling enterprises. Although a successful businessman, Cameron gained renown in politics. He was elected to the legislature as the member for Lanark in 1836 and, representing this, then several western ridings, remained politically active with only occasional interruptions until his death. Pursuing a generally reform-minded, if sometimes erratic course, he served as minister in the moderate administrations of the 1840s and early 1850s. Cameron is best remembered, however, as an early leader in the radical Clear Grit movement.

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