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Josiah Blackburn 1823-1890

Josiah Blackburn 1823-1890

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Josiah Blackburn 1823-1890

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

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The City of London
On the northeast corner of
Ridout Street North and Albert Street

Coordinates: N 42 59.271 W 81 15.358


Plaque Text

The son of a Congregationalist minister, Blackburn was born in London, England. After some experience in journalism he immigrated to Canada West (now Ontario) in 1850 and joined the staff of The Star in Paris. Two years later he purchased a small London weekly, The Canadian Free Press, from its founder, William Sutherland. Blackburn's keen business sense and flair for political writing made this newspaper a success. In 1855 he began a daily, The London Free Press and Daily Western Advertiser - later, The London Free Press. He also controlled The Ingersoll Chronicle and helped found The Mail in Toronto. An ardent liberal who later became an equally fervent conservative, he was one of the province's most influential newspaper publishers.



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> Posted June 3, 2010
Two of his daughters are recognized locally in 1974 by London Public Library Historical Sites Committee plaque series.

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