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The Reverend Richard Baxter, S.J., 1821-1904

The Reverend Richard Baxter, S.J., 1821-1904

Photo by contributor Albert Joseph - Posted August, 2011

The Reverend Richard Baxter, S.J., 1821-1904

Photo by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted July, 2012

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
Against a wall at the back of the parking lot
on the southeast side of the church on the northeast corner of
Algoma Street North and Red River Road


Coordinates: N 48 26.233 W 89 13.389

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Plaque Text

Born in Carlisle, England, Baxter came to Canada as a child. He studied in Toronto and at the Sulpician College in Montreal before becoming, reputedly, the first English-speaking Jesuit novice in Canada. After his ordination in New York in 1854, he served at various missions in the United States and Canada and arrived in Fort William in 1872. He quickly became renowned for his selflessness and the legendary stamina he displayed on arduous trips along the Dawson Road and the C.P.R. line. He was responsible for the building of the original St. Andrew's Church (1874-75) and is credited with establishing churches at Fort William, White River and Schreiber. From 1881 until his retirement in 1893 he worked tirelessly as a railroad missionary.

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