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 George Brown

George Brown

Birth
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Death 9 May 1880 (aged 61)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Plot E-85
Memorial ID 3538 · View Source
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Canadian Statesman, Journalist. In 1837 he emigrated from his native Scotland to New York City, New York, where after a five year stay he settled in Toronto, Ontario. In 1844 he founded The Toronto "Globe" and used the newspaper to promote his strong beliefs in representation based on population, and the separation of church and state. In 1851 after being elected to the Legislative Assembly he began to develop a plan that what unite the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single confederation. In 1864 he proposed the idea of a "Great Coalition" to the co-premiers of the Province of Canada, John MacDonald and George Etienne-Cartier. That same year he attended the conferences held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and in Quebec to further explore the idea of the confederation. At Charlottetown he spoke for four hours making a plea for unification of the colonies. The next year he along with MacDonald and others went to Great Britain to make their appeal. Conflict with MacDonald led him to he resign from the coalition effort, but he still supported the concept in his newspaper editorials and in 1873 he accepted a seat in the Canadian Senate. He served in that position until his death. He died from a gunshot wound received in a scuffle with an unstable former employee. He is recognized as one of the "Fathers of Confederation" because of his leadership in uniting Canada.

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  • Added: 8 Sep 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3538
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Brown (29 Nov 1818–9 May 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3538, citing Toronto Necropolis Cemetery and Crematorium, Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .