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Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914

Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914

Photo by Richard Turcotte - Posted August, 2015

Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914

Photo Source - Unknown

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Dundas
On the north side of Riverside Drive
which runs parallel to Road 2 east of Road 8
street number 13105

Coordinates: N 44 55.985 W 75 07.724


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Plaque Text

Born in Williamsburg and educated at the Cornwall Grammar School, Whitney was called to the Bar in 1876. He was elected to the legislative assembly as Conservative member for Dundas in 1888. A noted orator, he was leader of the opposition 1896-1905. In the latter year the Liberal government headed by the Hon. G.W. Ross was defeated and Whitney became the sixth prime minister of Ontario. He held that post 1905-14 and his administration was noted for its introduction of extensive legislation relating to agriculture, labour, education and public utilities. Whitney received his knighthood in 1908.

Another plaque near this location
The Reverend Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger 1734-1803

Related Ontario plaques
Cornwall Grammar School
Sir George William Ross 1841-1914

Related Toronto plaque
Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914



South Dundas Plaques

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Why was the term "prime minister" used for Ontario premiers, and when and why there was a change of styling? Retaining it could cause confusion with the federal office. Yet in French the phrase "premier ministre" is used to refer to all premiers AND the federal office. -Wayne

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