Media Advisory - Sir James Pliny Whitney honoured through Premiers'
Gravesites Program

MORRISBURG, ON, March 22 /CNW/ -

    Date:        Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10 a.m.
    Location:    Holy Trinity Anglican Church
                 13105 Riverside Drive, Morrisburg
    Directions:  From Highway 401, take Exit 750 for County Road 31 towards
                 Morrisburg. Turn right at County Road 31. Turn left at
                 Highway 2. Turn left towards Riverside Drive, and then turn
                 at Riverside Drive.
    opportunity: Unveiling of commemorative marker
    Contact:     Liane Nowosielski
                 Marketing and Communications Specialist
                 Ontario Heritage Trust
                 Telephone: 416-325-5032

Join the Ontario Heritage Trust for the unveiling of a marker commemorating the gravesite of the Honourable Sir James Pliny Whitney, Premier of Ontario from 1905 to 1914.

Born in Dundas County in 1843, Whitney was the sixth Premier of Ontario. He studied law under the first premier of Ontario, John Sandfield Macdonald. Whitney first won public office in 1888 in the riding of Dundas, and would hold the seat until his death. A respected orator and strong opposition leader, he successfully won the premiership in 1905. Under his tenure, public utilities were further developed and growth in northern Ontario was encouraged. He died in Toronto on September 25, 1914, and was buried in Trinity Anglican Cemetery near Morrisburg. Both the Whitney monument and Holy Trinity Anglican Church were moved to their present location in the 1950s to allow for construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Premiers' Gravesites Program honours Ontario's former premiers and their service to Ontario by marking their gravesites. This program is administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust with funding support from the Government of Ontario.

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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information: For further information: Liane Nowosielski, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5032, E-mail:

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