I-16559.1 | Hon. George Brown, politician, Montreal, QC, 1865

Hon. George Brown, politician, Montreal, QC, 1865
William Notman (1826-1891)
1865, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
40 x 24 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Scottish by birth, George Brown (1818-1880) immigrated to New York in 1837, before settling in Toronto in 1843. The following year he founded the Globe newspaper, which promoted the ideas of the Reform Party in Upper Canada.

Elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1851, Brown played a key role in Confederation. In 1864, he proposed an alliance between reformers and conservatives in what became known as the "Great Coalition" (1864-1867). Brown was later to be a delegate to the Charlottetown and Quebec City conferences that led to Confederation.

Brown's life ended dramatically after a former employee stormed into his newspaper office and shot him in the leg. The wound became infected, leading to Brown's death two months later.