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George Hamilton 1787-1836

George Hamilton 1787-1836

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

George Hamilton 1787-1836

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the south side of Main Street East
between John Street South and Hughson Street South


Coordinates: N 43 15.282 W 79 52.063

Map

Plaque Text

Born at Queenston, George Hamilton was the son of a prosperous merchant, the Hon. Robert Hamilton. He followed his father's career as a merchant in the Niagara District until the War of 1812, in which he served as a Captain of Light Dragoons. In 1815 Hamilton acquired land here at the Head of the Lake, laid out a village plot, and sold lots. When the settlement was chosen as the administrative centre of the Gore District in 1816, he gave land for a court-house square. A reformer in Politics, George Hamilton, was a member of the Assembly for this area from 1821 to 1830. The settlement which Hamilton laid out was named in his honour, and became a Police Village in 1833.

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