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Thomas D'Arcy McGee 1825-1868

Thomas D'Arcy McGee

Photo by contributor David McLaughlin - Posted October, 2011

Thomas D'Arcy McGee

Photo by Alan L Brown with assistance from Sally Brown - Posted September, 2012

Thomas D'Arcy McGee

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
On the south side of Sparks Street Mall at street number 136
about half-way between Metcalfe and O'Connor streets

Coordinates: N 45 25.353 W 75 41.892


Plaque Text

Journalist, poet, Irish patriot, Canadian statesman and Father of Confederation, McGee was born in Ireland, where he was involved in nationalist politics. Forced to flee to America in 1848, he worked for several years in the United States before settling in Montreal in 1857. In 1858 he was first elected to the legislature for Montréal West. An eloquent orator in support of Confederation, McGee attended the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, and later represented Montréal West in the House of Commons until felled near this site by an assassin's bullet on April 7, 1868.



Ottawa Plaques

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> Posted March 26, 2014
Spent the morning hunting down this plaque. Sandwiched between a Subway and a beauty salon, it can be missed. Is this the exact location of the assassination? I somehow thought it was on a Sparks Street corner somewhere rather than mid-block? Can anyone clarify?
Glenn Kletke gkwriting@hotmail.ca

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