Sir George Yonge, 5th Baronet
Sir George Yonge, 5th Baronet (17 July 1731 – 25 September 1812), KCB, PC, of Escot House in the parish of Talaton in Devon, England, was a British Secretary at War (1782–1783 and 1783–1794). He succeeded to his father's baronetcy in 1755 which became extinct when he died without children. He is remembered by, among others, the name of Yonge Street, a principal road in Toronto, Canada, so named in 1793 by the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe.
Yonge was born in 1731 at Great House in the parish of Colyton, Devon, the son and heir of Sir William Yonge, 4th Baronet (1693–1751) by his second wife Ann Howard. He had a stepbrother, Walter Yonge, from his father's first wife Mary Heathcote.
He was educated at Eton College and then at the University of Leipzig. He served as a Member of Parliament for his family's Rotten Borough of Honiton, Devon, from 1754 to 1761 and again from 1763 to 1796. He was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1782, and acted as Governor of the Cape Colony for a short period from 1799 to 1801. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1784  and was invested as a Knight of the Bath in 1788.
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He was an expert on Roman roads[clarification needed] and his name now lives on in the form of Yonge Street, the main arterial road in Toronto, built between 1795 and 1796 from Eglinton Avenue to Lake Simcoe. Later the road was extended south to Bloor Street and still later, south to Lake Ontario. Yonge Mills Road and Townline Road Escott Yonge in Front of Yonge Township in Mallorytown, Ontario are named for him as well.
- Other sources give 1732: Scadding, Henry (January 1878). "Yonge Street and Dundas Street: The Men after whom they were named". The Canadian journal of science, literature and history. 15 (8): 616. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Library and Archive catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Yonge, George". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Yonge Street and Dundas Street : the men after whom they were named : a paper from the Canadian journal of literature, science and history. Henry Scadding