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The Life of John Graves Simcoe

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: Canadian Political and Constitutional History

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Title:The Life of John Graves Simcoe
Riddell, William Renwick   
Published:   1926
Publisher:McClelland & Stewart, Limited
Tags:biography, Canada, Canadiana, history, John Graves Simcoe, non-fiction, Ontario, politics and government

Simcoe was the First Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada 1792-96.

Simcoe (1752-1806) an English army officer served during the American Revolution, convalesced in England and was elected to the British House of Commons in 1790 and on the passage of the Constitutional Act was appointed first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. Noted for his farsighted efforts in road building and encouraging immigration, Simcoe, however, sowed the seeds for future trouble with his strict views of church and state and his failure to allow the new forces in Upper Canada to operate freely. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Riddell, William Renwick

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William Renwick Riddell (1852-1945) was a Canadian judge and historian. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He attended Victoria College in Toronto where he earned his law degree. He started practising in 1883. He became a judge in 1891 and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1906. While he was noted for his career on the bench he was also an accomplished historian. During his lifetime he published over 1200 articles, reviews, lectures, pamphlets and books in the fields of legal, constitutional, medical and social history. He published noted biographies on William Kirby (Canadian author) and John Graves Simcoe. (Canadian Encyclopedia)

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