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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexander Morris Plaque (Main Street, Morris)

This monument, erected in 1975 on Main Street in Morris by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, commemorates Alexander Morris (1826-1889), for whom the Town of Morris is named and who was designated as a person of national historic significance in 1971.

Born in Perth, Upper Canada (now Ontario), Morris was elected to the Canadian Legislature in 1861. He strongly assisted the Confederation movement and helped to forge the Great Coalition of 1864. Morris worked for twenty-five years to extend and then to consolidate Canada’s hold over the West. He was Manitoba’s first Chief Justice in 1872, but resigned to become the second Lieutenant-Governor of the province and of the North West Territories. As Indian Commissioner (1873-76), he successfully negotiated five Indian treaties ceding most of the prairie to the Crown. He died at Toronto.

The stone cairn is on the grounds of the Morris and District Centennial Museum.

Alexander Morris commemorative plaque

Alexander Morris commemorative plaque (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.35069, W97.36414
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 May 2023

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