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Honourable George Brown 1818-1880

The Honourable George Brown

Photo by contributor Anonymous - Posted November, 2011

The Honourable George Brown

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted November, 2011

The Honourable George Brown

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Plaque Location

Inside Greenfield House, Alloa town hall

Coordinates: N 56 06.982 W 03 47.748


Plaque Text

George Brown, Canadian journalist and political leader, was born in Alloa and educated at the Southern Academy in Edinburgh. In 1837 Brown emigrated with his father to New York, later moving to Toronto where in 1844 he founded the "Globe". As proprietor of this powerful newspaper and a champion of Canada West in the rivalry with Canada East, he was elected to the legislature in 1851 and became a leader of the Liberal party. Brown entered the "Great Coalition" government of 1864 with his adversary, John A. Macdonald, to make Confederation possible, and played leading roles in the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences which led to the formation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

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