Wilson Ruffin Abbott
|Wilson Ruffin Abbott|
|Died||1876 (aged 74–75)
|Resting place||Necropolis Cemetery
Wilson Ruffin Abbott (1801–1876) was an American-born African Canadian and successful businessman and landowner in Toronto, Ontario. He was the father of Anderson Ruffin Abbott, Canada's first African physician.
He married Ellen Toyer, and moved to Mobile, Alabama, where he opened a general grocery store, but left in 1834 after receiving a warning that his store was to be pillaged. In late 1835 or early 1836, he moved to Toronto, Canada, where he prospered as a businessman.
His son Anderson Ruffin Abbott became the first African Canadian to practice medicine.
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