Ogle Robert Gowan, 1803-1876

Ogle Robert Gowan, 1803-1876 (HM1KLO)

Location: Brockville, Ontario K6V 4T3 Leeds and Grenville United Counties
Country: Canada
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N 44° 35.422', W 75° 41.092'

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A prominent provincial politician, Gowan was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He came to Upper Canada in 1829 and immediately immersed himself in political affairs. Drawing upon his experience in the Irish Orange Order, Gowan established the Grand Orange Lodge of British North America in 1830 and , as the first Canadian grand master, ably guided the organization during its formative years. In 1836 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly, representing this area intermittently until 1861. A shrewd strategist and an effective orator, he gradually broadened his influence, using his newspaper, the "Brockville Statesman," to promote his political views. Following his retirement from provincial politics, Gowan continued to work for the retention of strong ties with Britain, a cause he had upheld throughout his career.
Placed ByOntario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture
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Date Added Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 445638 N 4937675
Decimal Degrees44.59036667, -75.68486667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 35.422', W 75° 41.092'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 35' 25.32" N, 75° 41' 5.52" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-7 County Rd 29, Brockville Ontario K6V 4T3, CA
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