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Major John Richardson 1796-1852

Major John Richardson 1796-1852

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Major John Richardson 1796-1852

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

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
In Queenston, on the grounds of a school on the southeast corner of Queenston and Walnut streets

Coordinates: N 43 10.019 W 79 03.353


Plaque Text

This pioneer historian, author and soldier was born in Queenston. His family moved to Amherstburg about 1802, and at the outbreak of the War of 1812 Richardson joined the British army. Retired on half pay in 1818 in London, England, he published the epic poem "Tecumseh" and the celebrated historical novel "Wacousta" which established his literary reputation. In 1838 Richardson returned to Upper Canada where he published two weekly newspapers, "The New Era" (1841-42) and "The Canadian Loyalist" (1843-44). His later works "Eight Years in Canada" and "The War of 1812" provide invaluable historical information. In 1848 he moved to New York City where he died in poverty.

Related Ontario plaque
Major John Richardson (1796-1852)



Other Plaques in Queenston
The Colonial Advocate
Fort Drummond
The Founding of Queenston
Laura Secord (1775-1868)
The Queenston Baptist Church

Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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