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Sir George W. Ross 1841-1914

Sir George W. Ross 1841-1914

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted November, 2004

Sir George W. Ross 1841-1914

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

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The Municipality of North Middlesex
In Nairn, on the grounds of a school
on the north side of Queens Avenue (street number 4441)
west of Road 19, across the street from a cemetery


Coordinates: N 43 06.714 W 81 33.418

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Plaque Text

Born on a nearby farm, Ontario's fifth prime minister was for many years a teacher and a school inspector in Middlesex County. He was elected to the federal parliament in 1872 as Liberal member for Middlesex West. In 1883, he entered the Ontario government as minister of education under Oliver Mowat. When A.S. Hardy retired in 1899, G.W. Ross became prime minister of Ontario and provincial treasurer. His government, 1899-1905, promoted distribution of hydro-electric power and the construction of a provincial railway for northern Ontario. Appointed to the Senate in 1907, he was its Liberal leader from 1911 until his death. Ross was knighted for his public service in 1911.

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Sir George William Ross 1841-1914

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