Thursday, July 12, 2018

Honourable G. Howard Ferguson Plaque

In Kemptville, Ontario, in a small park, on the southeast corner of Prescott Street and Van Buren Street stands a plaque dedicated to the Honourable George Howard Ferguson.

1870 - 1946

Ontario's ninth Premier was born here in Kemptville, son of Charles Ferguson, a local doctor and member of the House of Commons. Following graduation from the University of Toronto in 1891, Howard studied law under Sir William Mereditgh and practised in Kemptville. Elected in 1905 to the Ontario legislature as a Conservative, he became in 1914 Minister of Lands, Forests and Mines in the Hearst administration. From 1919 - 23 he was leader of the Opposition, Premier from 1923 - 30, and from 1930 - 35 served as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.