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Persons of National Historic Significance - Canada

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  • William Henry Steeves (1814 - 1873)
    Laurel Logan August 4, 2008 from William Henry Steeves (May 20, 1814 - December 9, 1873) was a merchant, lumberman, politician and Father of Canadian Confederation. Born and raised in Hillsboro...
  • Sir John J. C. Abbott, Prime Minister of Canada (1821 - 1893)
    Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, PC, KCMG, QC (March 12, 1821 – October 30, 1893) was the third Prime Minister of Canada. He served in the office for seventeen months, from June 16, 1891 to November ...
  • Maurice Duplessis (1890 - 1959)
    Notes Location info: Trois-Rivières (birth), Shefferville (death); fit ses étude à Montréal 16e premier ministre du Québec . Biography Was educated at the Collège Notre-Dame in Montreal, Sé...
  • John Norquay (1841 - 1889)
    JOHN NORQUAY Canadian Politician: He played only a minor role in the events of Louis Riel's Red River Rebellion (1869–70), but decided to enter public life shortly thereafter. He was acclaimed for th...
  • Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (1819 - 1894)
    SIR MATTHEW BAILLIE BEGBIE (1819-94) Chief Justice of British Columbia is the son of Major Thomas Stirling Begbie, and his wife, Mary Hamilton. He is reported to have been born on 9 May 1819 [Wikip...

Persons of National Historic Significance are people designated by the Canadian government as being nationally significant in the history of the country. Approximately 70 nominations are submitted to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada each year. Désignations are made by the Minister of the Environment on the recommendation of the Monuments Board of Canada. A person is eligible for nomination 25 years after death, though Prime Ministers may be designated any time after death. The program is administered by Parks Canada. Federal plaques are commonly erected to commemorate each person and are installed and maintained by Parks Canada. The intent is to honour the person's contribution to the country and to educate the public about the person.