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Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005
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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 55.981 W 75 07.719
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.
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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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