Simcoe, John Graves

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Simcoe, John Graves

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John Graves Simcoe was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario) from 1791 to 1796. He was born at Cotterstock, England on February 25, 1752. He was an army officer and he was in charge of the Queen's Rangers in the American Revolution. While he was Lieutenant-Governor he established York and a roads system. He urged the formation of British institutions such as a university with preparatory schools. He left Upper Canada in 1796 in ill health. He died at Exeter, England on October 26, 1806. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia." Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1985.)


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