Thursday, February 15, 2007

John Galt, founder of Guelph

JOHN GALT 1779-1839

History maker, novelist, poet and superintendent of the Canada Company, he founded Guelph on April 23, 1827.

The opening of the Huron Tract in Upper Canada has been described as the most important single attempt at settlement in Canadian history. This progressive community stands as a monument of his efforts and ingenuity.

Born in Irvine, Scotland, May 2, 1779.
Died in Greenock, Scotland, April 11, 1839.

Erected by a grateful citizenry in 1979, marking the bi-centennial of his birth and the 100th Anniversary of Guelph as a City.

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