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Benjamin Lett
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1813
County Wexford, Ireland
Death: Dec. 9, 1858
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA

"The Canadian Patriot"

Benjamin Lett was accused of blowing up the Brock Monument in Queenston Heights, Canada on April 17th 1840. His apparent motive was his involvement in the Rebellions of 1837. He was arrested but escaped off a moving train to the ground below, where he freed himself of his chains and fled to New York. After he was nearly discovered, he again fled to Ottawa, IL, where he was caught, tried, and allegedly poisoned. His two gravestones, erected both by his brother Thomas Lett, are entirely filled with writing, describing Thomas' thoughts about the conspiracy to find and kill his brother by the Governor of New York and friends of Benjamin. They go into much detail about the trial, or the lack thereof, perjury, and subsiquent poisoning death. Today, in the Canadian history books, he is seen as a terrorist and political extremist. You decide. 
Lette Cemetery
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Amber Rose
Record added: Apr 17, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10803146
Benjamin Lett
Added by: Amber Rose
Benjamin Lett
Added by: Amber Rose
Benjamin Lett
Added by: Amber Rose
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Benjamin LETT was a 24 yr old, highly intelligent and extremely well-read Irish immigrant farmer, peacefully taking care of his widowed sick mother & 4 little sisters while his 3 older brothers were out logging, when he was assaulted in their Darlington ...(Read more)
 Added: Jan. 18, 2016
Newspaper report of 1838 in Illinois by my Granger/Gleason family that fled Canada in 1838.The most noted of these adventurers was Ben Lett, who spent the last years of his life in the county of DeKalb, Ill. He was the "Wild Bill" of the Canadian rebell...(Read more)
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