John Wesley Dafoe 1866-1944

Born in Bangor Township, Dafoe began his career with the 'Montreal Daily Star' in 1883. Two years later he became editor of the 'Ottawa Evening Journal' following which he served on the 'Manitoba (later Winnipeg) Free Press', 1886-92. Returning to Montreal he worked on the 'Daily Herald' and 'Star'. In 1901 he rejoined the Winnipeg paper remaining its editor until 1944. A crusading journalist, he championed Dominion status, the League of Nations and the welfare of the Canadian West and was a founder of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He took part in the Paris Peace Conference, 1919; the Imperial Conference, 1923; and served on the Royal Commission on Dominion-Provincial Relations 1937-40.


In Lookout Park, off Highway 652 at Kamaniskeg Lake, just east of Purdy - about 30 km northeast of Bancroft near the Hastings/Renfrew county line

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Hastings

Municipality: Town of Bancroft