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The Honourable Edward Blake 1833-1912

Honourable Edward Blake

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Honourable Edward Blake

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

Edward Blake

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The Township of Strathroy-Caradoc
In Strathroy, on the west side of Frank Street
between Centre Street and James Street
between the City Hall and the public library

Coordinates: N 42 57.371 W 81 37.475


Plaque Text

Born near Strathroy of Irish parents, Blake, a distinguished lawyer and brilliant orator, was elected in 1867 both to the Canadian parliament for West Durham and to the Ontario legislature for South Bruce. After serving as leader of the Liberal opposition in the provincial house, he became Ontario's second prime minister in 1871, but resigned his provincial seat the following year. Blake served as federal minister of justice in Alexander Mackenzie's cabinet and was recognized as a foremost authority on constitutional law. In 1892 he went to the United Kingdom where for fifteen years he served as an Irish Nationalist member in parliament. Disabled by illness in 1907, he returned to Canada.

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