John Morison Gibson

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Sir John Morison Gibson
John Morison Gibson (close up).jpg
10th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
In office
September 21, 1908 – September 26, 1914
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Governor General The Earl Grey
The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Premier James Whitney
William Howard Hearst
Preceded by William Mortimer Clark
Succeeded by John Strathearn Hendrie
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Hamilton
In office
1879–1894
Preceded by James Miller Williams
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Hamilton West
In office
1894–1898
Preceded by Riding created
Succeeded by Andrew Alex Colquhoun
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Wellington East
In office
1898–1904
Preceded by John Craig
Succeeded by James J. Craig
Personal details
Born (1842-01-01)January 1, 1842
Toronto Township, Upper Canada
Died June 3, 1929(1929-06-03) (aged 87)
Hamilton, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Toronto
Cabinet Minister Without Portfolio (1904-1905)
Attorney General (1899-1904)
Commissioner of Crown Lands (1896-1899)
Provincial Secretary and Registrar (1889-1896)

Sir John Morison Gibson, KCMG, KC (January 1, 1842 – June 3, 1929) was a Canadian politician and the tenth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

John Gibson in 1908

John Morison Gibson, the son of Scottish immigrants, was born in 1842, in Toronto. He grew up on a farm in Caledonia, Ontario, went to Hamilton Central School, in Hamilton, and went on to be educated at the University of Toronto, as a lawyer. In 1860 he joined the university company of the 2nd Battalion Volunteer Militia The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and was a Wimbledon marksman in 1874. He became a company director and developed a keen interest in music and art. On his return to Hamilton in 1864, he enlisted in the 13th Battalion as an ensign.In 1866, he was a lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, and fought at the Battle of Ridgeway, defending against the Fenian raids. He rose through the ranks of the 13th Battalion and was Commanding Officer from 1886 to 1895 (see regimental history Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment)). He was a Member of the Legislature from 1879 to 1905 and held the posts of Provincial Secretary, Commissioner of Crown Lands and Attorney General of Ontario. Gibson was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1908,[1] and was knighted in 1912. During his mandate, the new Government House in Chorley Park (now demolished) was completed. Gibson served as Lieutenant Governor until 1914. He was one of Hamilton's "5 Johns", who, in 1896, formed the Dominion Power and Transmission Company, that brought hydroelectric power, for the first time, to Hamilton, from their plant, at DeCew Falls.[2] John Dickenson was another of the 5 Johns.

"One big reason" for almost 75% increase in the population of Hamilton between 1901 and 1912, boasted Sir John Morison Gibson of Dominion Power and Transmission Company, was "Cheap Electric Power Furnished By Us." This simplistic explanation for the development of Hamilton in the early twentieth century leaves much unexamined, but one conclusion cannot be disputed. In the perception of the Hamilton public, a view certainly fostered by Gibson and his fellow hydroelectric promoters, Hamilton was no longer regarded the Birmingham or the Pittsburgh of Canada Hamilton was now, as the title of a 1906 promotional booklet on the city proudly proclaimed, "The Electric City." [2]

After receiving a grant from Andrew Carnegie of New York the city of Hamilton built a brand new Library on the south side of Main Street West, across the street from the old Library. It was officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor Sir John Morison Gibson on May 5, 1913.[3] He was active in many charities, especially the Red Cross and child welfare. He died in Hamilton, Ontario in 1929.[2]

Tribute[edit]

The Gibson neighbourhood in Hamilton is named after him. it is bounded by Barton Street East (north), Main Street East (south), Wentworth Street (west) and Sherman Avenue (east). Landmarks in this neighbourhood include Cathedral High School, Budget Motor Inn, Barton Library, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Powell Park and Woodland Park. Gibson Avenue found in this neighbourhood is also named after him.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fast Facts from Hamilton's Past". Archived from the original on 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Bailey, Thomas Melville (1991). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol II, 1876-1924). W.L. Griffin Ltd. 
  3. ^ "Hamilton's Public Library History". Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Experience Hamilton: Tourist Guide 2006/2007". Tourism Hamilton: 34–35. Winter 2006. 

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