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Sir William H. Hearst 1864-1941

Sir William H. Hearst 1864-1941

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Sir William H. Hearst 1864-1941

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

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
In Tara, in a park bounded on 3 sides by
Yonge Street (Road 10), Main Street and Ann Street

Coordinates: N 44 28.589 W 81 08.705


Plaque Text

Born in Arran Township, Hearst was educated at the Collingwood Collegiate and Osgoode Hall. He practised law at Sault Ste. Marie and was first elected to the provincial legislature as Conservative member for that community in 1908. He was appointed minister of lands, forests and mines in 1911 during the administration of Sir James Whitney, and following the latter's death in September, 1914, became Ontario's seventh prime minister. Hearst retained that post throughout the first World War and was knighted for his services. Following his government's defeat in 1919 by the United Farmers of Ontario, he retired from politics, but served as a member of the International Joint Commission on Boundary Waters, 1920-40.



Other Plaques in Tara
Cyclone Taylor 1885-1979
The Founding of Tara

Arran-Elderslie Plaques

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> Posted February 9, 2011
Some plaques like this one refer to the "prime minister" of Ontario, while other (and all modern ones) ones refer to the "premier". I wonder when the change happened, and why; and, conversely, why PM was ever used, since it can lead to provincial-federal confusion. Officially, the term has been Premier since 1990 (Executive Council Act), but the term was applied long before then. -Wayne

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