BRANTFORD, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled
a marker commemorating the gravesite of The Honourable Arthur Sturgis Hardy,
premier of Ontario from 1896 to 1899.
"Arthur Sturgis Hardy was a dynamic and intelligent leader who dedicated
much of his life to the province of Ontario," said The Honourable Lincoln M.
Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "The commemoration of his
gravesite will serve as a reminder of his many valuable contributions."
Born in Mount Pleasant in 1837, Hardy studied law in Brantford, and began
his own practice in 1865. He quickly gained a reputation as a brilliant and
skilled lawyer. First elected to the provincial legislature in 1873, Hardy
became Commissioner of Crown Lands in 1889. In this position, he drafted
legislation that established Algonquin Provincial Park. Hardy became the
fourth premier of Ontario from 1896 to 1899, during which the province's
statutes were extensively consolidated. He died in Toronto in 1901.
"Arthur Sturgis Hardy played an important role in shaping the province's
political landscape over his long and distinguished career," said Minister of
Culture Aileen Carroll. "We are proud to honour his many years of service with
this gravesite marker."
The Premiers' Gravesites Program honours Ontario's former premiers and
their service to Ontario by marking their gravesites. Specially designed
bronze markers inscribed with the individual premier's name and dates of
service will be installed at each gravesite, along with flagpoles flying the
Ontario flag, where possible.
This program is administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust with funding
support from the Government of Ontario. The Trust is an agency of the
government dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
Ontario's heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
- Eighteen premiers will be commemorated through the Premiers'
- To date, this is the fourth marker to be unveiled through the
program. Markers commemorating the gravesites of The Honourable John
Sandfield Macdonald, The Honourable Harry Corwin Nixon and The
Honourable Edward Blake were unveiled in late 2008 and early 2009.
For more information on the Premiers' Gravesites Program, visit
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For further information:
For further information: Liane Nowosielski, Assistant Marketing and
Communications Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5032,