Monday, February 01, 2010

Who Was That Guy?

There are a number of things in Hamilton that are named after people. Mostly, I have little idea who these people are.

So courtesy of Google and Wikipedia, I'm going to introduce you to some of these peeps via facts that I think are neat.

Meet Sir Allan MacNab:

  • born in Niagara, ON in 1798
  • when he was 14 he fought in the war of 1812
  • was a lawyer in Hamilton
  • successfully defended some area Tories after they were charged for tarring and feathering a local reformer who was accused adultery
  • he was knighted for leading British militias against William Lyon Mackenzie's rebels
  • with another dude was responsible for the construction of the Great Western Railway
  • his house was Dundurn Castle
  • was the Prime Minister of the Province of Canada for a couple of years

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