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William Weller 1788-1863

William Weller 1788-1863

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

William Weller 1788-1863

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted March, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Town of Cobourg
On the south side of King Street East (Road 2)
near the sidewalk in a park
between McGill and Church streets

Coordinates: N 43 57.620 W 78 09.777


Plaque Text

This resident of Cobourg was the province's leading stage-coach proprietor from about 1830 to 1856. His Royal Mail Line ran from Hamilton to Montreal, with links to other centres. In February, 1840, Weller drove the Governor-General, Charles Poulett Thomson, from Toronto to Montreal in the record time of 37 hours and 40 minutes. Three times mayor of Cobourg, he was also chairman of its Harbour Commission, president of the Cobourg-Rice Lake Plank Road Company and organizer of the International Telegraph Company.


Cobourg Plaques

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> Posted September 14, 2008
The plaque is great and it's a great picture of it. The only issue I have is that the Archaeological and Historic Site people didn't do their research. This William Weller was not born in 1788. That was the William Weller that lived in Carrying Place. I have an obit for the Cobourg William Weller that says he died in 1863 in his 65th year.

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