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Sir William C. Van Horne 1843-1915

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 l908. 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.

Location

In the municipal park opposite the public utilities building, off Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Thunder Bay

Municipality: City of Thunder Bay

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